RELEASE NO. 96-048
NOTE TO EDITORS:
X-33 RLV DESIGN WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY
NASA LANGLEY RESEARCHERS CONTRIBUTED TO DESIGN
Vice President Al Gore will announce the builder of America's
revolutionary new reusable launch vehicle, the X-33,
at approximately 4:15 p.m. EDT July 2, in a ceremony at NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif.
At approximately 5 p.m. EDT, NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin
and Gary Payton, Director of NASA's Reusable Launch Vehicle Program
will hold a press conference to explain the objectives of the
program and why this new vehicle will be commercially efficient and
profitable for American industry. Both events will be broadcast
live on NASA Television.
Immediately following that announcement, NASA Langley will
release information on technologies that have been developed and
tested there during the first phase of the X-33 program.
NASA Langley is the NASA Center for Excellence for Structures
and Materials and, as such, provided research data on cryogenic
propellant tanks, composite structures, metallic and composite
thermal protection systems and vehicle systems analysis, as well as
aerodynamic testing and analysis and flight control technology.
Photos/graphics and interviews will be available. For more
information, contact Ann Gaudreaux (757) 864-8150.
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