For release: 04/25/02
Release #: 02-106
NASA to announce next step toward new launch vehicle
NASA and aerospace industry representatives will announce results of the Space Launch Initiative's first milestone review Tuesday, April 30 at 1 p.m. CDT from NASA Headquarters. The Washington briefing will be carried live on NASA Television. The review narrowed the field of potential technologies and architecture designs for our nation's next reusable launch vehicle.
NASA and aerospace industry representatives will announce results of the Space Launch Initiative's first milestone review, which narrowed the field of potential technologies and architecture designs for our nation's next reusable launch vehicle. NASA's Space Launch Initiative is designing the next-generation space transportation system by first developing the technologies needed to ensure a safer, more reliable system that can be operated at a much lower cost.
NASA will hold a media briefing at 1 p.m. CDT Tuesday, April 30, in the James E. Webb Auditorium, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Washington.
Briefing the news media will be:
- Dennis Smith, NASA Space Launch Initiative Program Manager, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
- Michael Coats, Vice President Reusable Space Transportation Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, Colo.
- Kevin Neifert, Director Next Generation Launch Systems, The Boeing Co., Seal Beach, Calif.
- Doug Young, Director Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, El Segundo, Calif.
- Dr. Antonio Elias, Executive Vice President and General Manager Advanced Programs, Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Va.
The briefing will be carried live on NASA Television with two-way question-and-answer capability for reporters covering the briefing from participating NASA centers. NASA TV is broadcast on satellite GE-2, transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, frequency 3880 MHz, audio of 6.8 MHz. The briefing also will be available on the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/ntvweb.html
News media interested in covering the press conference from Marshall Space Flight Center should contact June Malone of the Marshall Media Relations Department at (256) 544-0034 by 9 a.m. April 30. Media must report to Gate 1. Vehicles are subject to security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance.
For more information on Space Launch Initiative, visit the Space Launch Initiative News Web site at http://www.slinews.com/