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May 17, 2002

Jonas Diño

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-5612 or 604-9000

jdino@mail.arc.nasa.gov



RELEASE: 02-63AR

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: News media representatives are invited to cover NASA's Turning Goals Into Reality (TGIR) Conference at the Santa Clara Westin Hotel, Santa Clara, Calif., from May 21 to 23, 2002. Main conference activities begin on May 22 at 8:00 a.m. PDT and include speeches, panel discussions about NASA aerospace technology and a tour of selected NASA Ames Research Center facilities. From the San Jose Airport, take US Highway 101 north; exit on Great America Parkway. Free parking is available. All media representatives must be badged prior to participating in the facilities tour. US media must have valid government issued picture ID. Foreign media must have clearance prior to the conference and will be escorted at all times.

THE 'FUTURE OF FLIGHT' FEATURED AT ANNUAL NASA AEROSPACE CONFERENCE

NASA will showcase cutting-edge aerospace technology and research at its annual Turning Goals Into Reality (TGIR) Conference being held at the Santa Clara Westin Hotel, Santa Clara, Calif., from May 21 to 23, 2002.

The theme of this year's conference is the 'Future of Flight.' Conference events will focus on new NASA developments in aeronautics and space transportation and what is needed in the future to continue US successes in these areas. This year's event is being held in conjunction with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) X-Vehicles symposium.

Dr. Henry McDonald, Ames Research Center Director, will open the TGIR conference on May 22 at 8:00 a.m. PDT with opening remarks and his vision for Ames. NASA, government and industry leaders then will present expert talks and lead panel discussions on topics including the future of aerospace, the national airspace system, information technology in aerospace and improving access to space.

The next day of the conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. PDT and will recognize the outstanding work performed over the past year by the men and women of NASA in the area of aerospace. NASA's future also will be recognized with awards to student winners of the Aerospace Technology Challenge. After closing remarks, the conference will culminate with a tour of selected NASA Ames facilities.

Founded in 1997, TGIR recognizes significant advances in four categories: Revolutionize Aviation, Advanced Space Transportation, Pioneering Technology and Commercialize Technology. Ten subcategories honor nominees whose work represents exceptional achievements related to safety, environmental impact, cost reduction, technical/engineering innovation and airspace capacity.

More information about NASA's Turning Goals Into Reality Conference can be found on the internet at:

http://www.aero-space.nasa.gov/curevent/tgir/

More information about the AIAA X-Vehicles Symposium can be found on the internet at:

http://www.aiaa.org/calendar/index4.cfm

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