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Rep. Fattah Thanks NASA for Assisting Boeing with 787 Dreamliner Battery Problem



   Rep. Fattah Thanks NASA for Assisting Boeing with 787 Dreamliner Battery
                                   Problem

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah
(D-PA-02) today applauded NASA's outreach to provide technical expertise to
Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration to help resolve battery
problems that have grounded the manufacturer's 787 Dreamliner fleet.

Fattah, the leading House Democratic Appropriator for NASA, had written to
Charles F. Bolden Jr., the space agency's administrator, on Jan.17 "asking
that NASA lend its expert knowledge to Boeing . . . to address the technical
problems related to the Dreamliner's lithium battery leakage." Fattah cited
NASA's earlier success working with Toyota on an automotive acceleration
problem.

Bolden informed Fattah today that NASA was already in touch with Boeing even
as it received the Congressman's letter.

"NASA has been there before, offering its technical expertise to help solve
problems for American manufacturers in the aerospace and other industries,"
Fattah said today. "NASA is to be commended for seeing the need at Boeing and
for responding quickly with its highly trained technicians and engineers to
help return Dreamliners to the skies."

Bolden, in his response to Fattah, noted that he and the Congressman had
discussed the request during Inauguration ceremonies Monday. "NASA has already
begun interaction with Boeing and the FAA to provide necessary technical
support in their effort to resolve the recent Boeing 787 issue with the
Lithium Ion battery," Bolden wrote.

Bolden's letter continued, "I assure you that NASA will do its best to provide
needed technical expertise to Boeing and the FAA for a safe resolution of the
current issue . . . as we have done for the safety of our public on numerous
occasions across the aerospace and other industry sectors and technical
disciplines."

Fattah is the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee for
Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies, which includes NASA. 

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

Website: http://fattah.house.gov/
Contact: Ron Goldwyn, Ron.Goldwyn@mail.house.gov, +1-215-871-4455
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