"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 to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
"Your leadership can help maintain the longstanding reputation of our aviation industry and maintain the growth and sustainability of the associated industries," he added.
The 787's lithium-ion batteries are designed to help reduce the amount of fuel the aircraft requires to fly, but these batteries can catch fire if overcharged. Earlier in the week, a 787 had to make an emergency landing in Japan after warning lights went off related to a possibly overcharged battery.
United Airlines is using six Dreamliner planes, and about 50 are in use worldwide.