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Elvia H. Thompson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1696)

Leslie Williams
Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.
(Phone: 661/276-3893)

November 5, 2004
 
MEDIA ADVISORY : M04-177
 
 
X-43A Launch, Pre-Flight Briefing Rescheduled
 
 
The final flight of NASA's X-43A hypersonic research aircraft has been rescheduled to occur no earlier than Monday, Nov. 15, due to scheduling conflicts for use of the U.S. Navy's test range off the Southern California coast.

As a result, the X-43A pre-flight news media briefing at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., originally scheduled for Nov. 5, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. EST. The briefing will be carried live on NASA Television and webcast.

The X-43A, part of the Hyper-X hypersonic research program is led by NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and operated jointly by NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., and Dryden. The program aims to demonstrate scramjet air-breathing engine technologies that promise to increase payload capacity, or reduce vehicle size for the same payload, for future hypersonic aircraft and reusable space launch vehicles.

Media representatives planning to attend the Nov. 10 briefing must contact Dryden public affairs at: 661/276-3449 no later than 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) Monday, Nov. 8. Those planning to cover the flight itself and the post-flight news conference should contact Dryden public affairs no later than 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) Wednesday, Nov. 10, for accreditation. Reporters unable to attend in person may submit questions to the panelists during the briefing via e-mail at: x43nov@dfrc.nasa.gov or by phone at: 661/276-3449.

NASA TV is available on the Web and via satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. NASA TV is webcast at:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

Status reports and information about the X-43A and NASA's Hyper-X hypersonic research program are available on the Internet at:

http://www.nasa.gov/missions/research/x43-main.html

 

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