NASA’s Help Sought for Dreamliner Battery Issue

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U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), the ranking member of the House Appropriations commerce, justice, science subcommittee, has asked NASA to help Boeing resolve mechanical problems that led the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation authorities in Europe and Japan to ground the Boeing 787 Dreamliner commercial aircraft.

“I am asking that NASA lend its expert knowledge to Boeing as the company works with the FAA to address the technical problems related to the Dreamliner’s lithium battery leakage,” Fattah wrote in a Jan. 13 letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “In 2010, Toyota called on NASA’s electronic and software systems engineers to determine the source of the acceleration problem in Toyota’s vehicle release. As a result, the vehicles were repaired and many lives were saved.”

Fattah is not the only one looking for a way to help Boeing with it Dreamliner problem. Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Chief Executive Elon Musk offered assistance via Twitter.

“Maybe already under control, but Tesla & SpaceX are happy to help with the 787 lithium ion batteries,” Musk wrote.