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Lockheed to Lead Aerospace and Aviation STEM Competition; Dr. Ray O. Johnson Comments

Dr. Ray O. Johnson

Lockheed Martin has renewed its support for the Conrad Foundation‘s annual Spirit of Innovation Challenge, where it will head the aerospace and aviation category for the third time.

According to the Conrad Foundation,the challenge is a competition for students worldwide to use STEM skills in developing commercially available products for “issues of global sustainability for the benefit of humanity.”

“We want to inspire students to take theoretical learning from the classroom and apply this knowledge to hands-on experimentation,” said Dr. Ray O. Johnson, Lockheed Martin senior vice president and chief technology officer.

The teams projects concern issues such as space debris mitigation, stealth reconnaissance hovercraft, and unmanned aerial vehicle innovation.

Students who joined this year’s program, launched in September 2012, are at the semi-final stage of the competition.

In February, the Conrad Foundation will pick the teams that will meet in April 2013 at the NASA Johnson Space Center to receive $10,000 in grants.

Projects include a software program that assists aerial fire-fighting vehicles in combating wildfires and  a multi-layered, flexible shielding for space exploration vehicles, space stations, and planetary bases.

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