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Note to Editors 94-61
December 30, 1994
Note to Editors/News Directors:

NASA Lewis Developed Technology Helps Army Reservists be with Family for the Holidays

The Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS) developed by NASA Lewis Research Center will be used in bringing families together today Friday, December 30, from 3 - 5 p.m. in the ACTS Visitor Center.

Employees from Lewis' ACTS Project Office have teamed up with the U.S. Army's 2nd Psychological Operations Group in Parma so families of the reservists stationed in Haiti can communicate with each other via a video teleconference. These Army reservists have been in Haiti since August/September 1994 and do not know when they will return home.

The families participating in the video teleconference are from the greater Cleveland area including Lakewood, Parma and Elyria.

ACTS was launched on September 12, 1993. The military has used the satellite before in Haiti to conduct secure video teleconferences to remote sites. By using a combination of terrestrial and ACTS link-up, President Clinton was able to address the U.S. commanders, troops and the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti in an interactive video conference in early October.

Linda Dukes-Campbell
Community and Media Relations

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