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For Release: May 16, 2001

Barbara Kakiris (Indyne, Inc.) / Pamelia Caswell
Media Relations Office
(216)433-2513 / (216)433-5795 /

Michael Brown
Ohio Board of Regents

Dennis Irwin / Hans Kruse
Ohio University
(740)593-1566 / (740)593-4891 /


NASA Glenn Celebrates Satellite's Graduation to New Educational Use


A program celebrating the signing of a Space Act Agreement that allows the communications payload of the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) to be operated by an Ohio-based educational consortium.

Glenn Center Director Donald Campbell will be joined by Roderick Chu, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, Columbus, OH, Robert Glidden, the President of Ohio University, Athens, OH, John Bantle, Vice President of research at Ohio University, and Dennis Irwin and Hans Kruse, both professors at Ohio University and directors of Ohio Consortium for Advanced Communications Technology (OCACT), which will operate the satellite's communications payload.

When & Where: Tuesday, May 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the NASA Glenn Research Center Visitor Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH.

This is the first-time a university-led consortium has assumed responsibility for such a significant national asset. The potential uses for ACTS are many: It can be used to give engineering students hands-on experience with an orbiting satellite. It can be used for distance education, telemedicine, and collaborative research projects. Industry members of the consortium plan to test new equipment meant to bring the next generation in wireless communications and Internet technologies to market.

Program participants as well as several students who may be among the first to use this extraordinary tool will be available for interviews.

Media representatives interested in attending the event should call Barbara Kakiris or the Media Relations Office (216/433-2901) in order to be cleared through security.

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