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For Release: September 25, 1995

Catherine E. Watson
(804) 864-6122

Release No. 95-94

NASA Hosts Workshop to Develop Transportation for the 21st Century

How will you travel in 2015? NASA Langley Researcher Center is hosting a workshop to discuss the broad spectrum of transportation challenges and concepts foreseen within the next 20 years. The workshop, titled Transportation Beyond 2000: Technologies Needed for Engineering Design, will be held at the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center Sept. 26-28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Over 25 presentations will explore the changing environmental, social and technological factors that will lead to a revolution in the way people travel in the 21st century.

Workshop attendees from U.S. industry, academia and government will discuss the types of transportation that will be required in the next century and the technologies required by those transportation systems. Topics will include highway design, flying cars, bullet trains, supersonic aircraft, the use of composite materials, and fusion powered rockets. According to Robert McKinley, a NASA aerospace engineer and workshop committee member, "The coming revolution in travel will encompass all forms of travel, including land, air, and space vehicles, as well as electronic virtual travel."

A complete listing of the workshop agenda is available upon request. The workshop is not open to the public, but media who wish to attend should contact Catherine Watson at (804) 864-6122.

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