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July 22, 1999

Michael Mewhinney

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

(Phone: 650/604-3937 or 604-9000)



Demonstrations and discussions of exciting new technologies for upgrading NASA's Space Shuttle will highlight the first Space Shuttle Development Conference July 28-31 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.

Jointly sponsored by NASA and the United Space Alliance, Houston, TX, NASA's Space Shuttle prime contractor, the conference will include technical sessions, panel discussions, tours of Ames facilities and a static display of NASA, Boeing and Lockheed aircraft on the Ames flight line.

On the final day of the conference, Saturday, July 31, Ames will co-host with U.S. Representatives Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren, State Senators John Vasconcellos and Liz Figueroa, and State Assemblywoman Elaine White Alquist, a "Space Technology and Education: A Federal, State and Local Partnership" Day. The Event will include a number of California elected officials, university, community college and K-12 education leaders featuring ideas for space technology, partnerships and education.

As part of the 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (PDT) event, the Shuttle Conference facilities and exhibits will be open to thousands of special guests, including the news media. A special program will start at 9:30 a.m. (PDT), conclude by 10:30 a.m. (PDT), and will consist of five-minute speeches by a number of education and political leaders and astronauts. Residents of the cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale will celebrate the partnership between Ames and the cities to establish the California Air and Space Center, a world-class educational and museum facility at NASA Ames.

The Event will feature hundreds of exhibits, including approximately 20 exhibits designed to showcase Ames' expertise in aerospace transportation, information technology, and space and life science will be featured in historic Hangar 1 during the conference. Among the technology areas to be showcased will be thermal protection systems, spacecraft docking, Mars rover, neural net technologies, flight simulation, cockpit design, air traffic management, a virtual laboratory, astrobiology, robotics, rotorcraft and commercial technology.

In addition to NASA exhibits, prominent Silicon Valley companies, such as Silicon Graphics, Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Honeywell, and Lockheed Martin, will be among the companies displaying exhibits. Other exhibits from the SETI Institute, KICU-TV Channel 36, Salinas Valley Memorial Health Center, Space Camp California, University of California at Santa Cruz, Stanford University, San Jose State University, and Foothill De-Anza College will also be featured.

Further information about the Space Shuttle Development Conference is available on the conference website located at:

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