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NASA Administrator Visits Ames Research Center, Meets Media
May 20, 2013

A portrait of NASA administrator Charles Bolden. Click for larger image.
Portrait of NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Image credit: NASA

ASA's PhoneSat project has won Popular Science's 2012 Best of What's New Award for innovation in aerospace. PhoneSat will demonstrate the ability to launch one of the lowest-cost, easiest-to-build satellites ever flown in space - capabilities enabled by using off-the-shelf consumer smartphones. A full size PhoneSat 1.0 with a coffee mug for scale.
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will visit the agency's Ames Research Center on Friday, May 24 to view demonstrations of Ames' contributions to the PhoneSat nanosatellite mission and 3D printing activity, and to meet with local news media.

A media availability is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT with U.S. Congressman Mike Honda (17th Congressional District of California), Bolden and Ames Research Center Director S. Pete Worden at the site of PhoneSat and additive manufacturing demonstrations. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a critical part of President Obama's push for building a strong American manufacturing sector. The PhoneSat program recently launched three small satellites built from off-the-shelf cellular phone technology.

News media interested in attending should call Michael Mewhinney at 650-604-3937 or 650-604-4789 by 4 p.m. PDT on Thursday, May 23 to register.

News media should meet Ames Public Affairs staff at 8:30 a.m. PDT on Friday, May 24 at the Visitor Badging Office located at the main gate. Government-issued photo ID is required to obtain visitor badges. News media will be escorted to and from the media opportunity.

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