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October 29, 1999

Eileen Hawley/ John Ira Petty
Johnson Space Center, TX
(281) 483-5111

NOTE TO EDITORS: J99-45

Special Preview Offers Media an Inside Look at Space-Age Technologies

Media representatives are invited to see first-hand how NASA technology benefits life on Earth during a preview of the Johnson Space Center's Inspection 99 Days. The media preview will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Nov. 2.

This special event will provide a unique opportunity for media to participate in a hands-on experience with some of the most dynamic technologies for the future. Participants will explore the advanced life support chamber and it's recycling technology that may allow humans to expand further into the universe; "fly" NASA's Intelligent Flight Controller in a demonstration of how this software package can optimize aircraft performance in simulated failure conditions; and look at the living conditions astronauts might experience during a long-duration mission.

This hands-on experience will provide insight into human space flight, present and future. It will offer media a unique perspective of how NASA designs and prepares for missions beyond the Earth's atmosphere, and how space technology benefits all people.

The technologies being previewed are just a part of JSC'S Inspection 99, an annual event offering professionals from industry, business, community leaders and educators an opportunity to discover NASA technologies and processes that might be applied to their own activities. The three-day event begins at 8 a.m. Nov. 3

During the three days of Inspection 99, guests will see more than 250 technology exhibits, tour the center's facilities, many of them unique, and talk with scientists and engineers about technical challenges. JSC employees work each day to expand the boundaries of human knowledge and capabilities to meet the formidable challenge of human space flight. The technologies they develop continue to find wide application in the private sector and throughout society, from energy, transportation and agriculture to medicine, communications and electronics.

Inspection 98 last October drew a record 2,700 guests from 45 states and 21 foreign countries. Inspection 99 is the fourth in a growing and increasingly successful series of the free yearly meetings designed to bring the benefits of space technology down to Earth.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Media wishing to join in this special event must notify the JSC newsroom no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1 to arrange for credentials. The newsroom may be reached at 281 483-5111, or requests may be faxed to 281/483-2000.

SPECIAL MEDIA PREVIEW OF INSPECTION 99

8 a.m. Arrival at JSC Security Office for badging
Maps detailing activity locations will be provided.

8:15 a.m. Welcome - Center Director George W. S. Abbey
Building 9

Introduction of the Houston Technology Center and
CyberMDx Inc, the newest company to take NASA
technology to the marketplace.
NASA'S telemedicine capabilities will allow medical
treatment to reach remote locations.

8:30 a.m. - noon Self-guided tour of exhibits

"Regenerative Life Support Systems" - Building 29

Visit the 90-foot diameter chamber that was home to four intrepid engineers and see how they lived and worked for 90 days utilizing the recycling technologies that may allow humans to expand the boundaries of space travel.

"Transhab" - Building 32

Visit this inflatable space habitation module, as much at home protecting astronauts in space as it would be providing emergency shelters following a natural disaster. With its three-levels of living space, Transhab provides a light-weight inexpensive habitation module.

"Adaptive Neurocontrol Technologies" - Building 32

Explore the sophisticated training tools astronauts may utilize to dock with the International Space Station as NASA and its partner nations continue to build this bright new star on the horizon.

"Intelligent Flight Controller" - Building 32

Take the flight control stick and fly this revolutionary control concept that can identify aircraft stability and control characteristics and help pilots recover from aircraft failures. Talk with the engineers who are currently flight testing this software.

 

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