For release: 03/15/02
Release #: 02-057
U.S. Space Program returns to Chicago:
NASA exhibits to take Manufacturing Week expo out of this world March 18-21
NASA returns to Chicago this week for the annual National Manufacturing Week expo. Marshall Center representatives will be on hand to spotlight upgrades to the Space Shuttle Main Engine, a groundbreaking new air filtration system that eradicates anthrax spores — and NASA's futuristic Starship 2040 exhibit.
What: NASA returns to Chicago March 18-21, bringing walkthrough exhibits and its latest space technology success stories to the 12th annual National Manufacturing Week conference and expo.
New Space Shuttle hardware will be on display -- including components of a revolutionary new Main Shuttle Engine, set to power the Space Shuttle Atlantis' launch in May 2001.
NASA will feature a groundbreaking spacecraft air filtration system now being adapted by the private sector for use here on Earth -- to protect against anthrax and other airborne spores.
Starship 2040 — a 48-foot tractor and trailer rig containing NASA's vision of a commercial spaceliner as it might exist 40 years from now — returns to the expo for a second year.
NASA's Technology Transfer Program — intended to share NASA technologies with commercial enterprises — also will appear at the expo. Technology Transfer representatives will promote licensing and partnership opportunities between NASA and industry during a series of innovation briefings Wednesday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room S401D of the conference center's South Hall.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, March 18-20; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST, March 21
Who: Experts from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will be available for news media interviews.
Where: Booths #8307 and #8742, South Hall McCormick Place Complex, 2301 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
To set up live radio, TV or print interviews with NASA on site at the conference, contact Media Specialist Ed Medal at (256) 651-4712 or Outreach Coordinator Derek Wang at (256) 714-0620.
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