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For Release: August 28, 1998

Janice Johnson
(757) 864-6123

RELEASE NO. 98-073

DEVELOPMENT ON INFLATABLE SPACE STRUCTURES

Developments in the last two decades have resulted in the sophisticated structures being built and tested today for use in space. Dr. Costa Cassapakis will share his knowledge and experience on the subject at a colloquium at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1 at the NASA H.J.E. Reid Conference Center. Cassapakis will give a brief history of space inflatable structures, starting with the space objects of the sixties, including the Inflatable Antenna Experiment of two years ago.

Cassapakis performed research work at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Accelerator and later joined SAIC, where, as a senior scientist he worked on the development of nuclear particle and photon radiation gauges for Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation of Materials. While working the issues for the Neutral Particle Beam Experiment, he joined L'Garde, Inc., and is currently president of the company.

A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Boulevard in Hampton. Media who wish to attend this briefing should contact Janice Johnson at (757) 864-6123.

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