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For Release: August 6, 2001

Pamelia Caswell
Media Relations Office


NASA Glenn Hosts Space Communications Workshop

What: Media representatives are invited to attend the opening sessions of a workshop on new space communications concepts needed to improve the relay of information from deep space, among satellites, between aircraft, and to Earth. The workshop on "Emerging Communications, Networks, and Architectures Technologies" for NASA missions is sponsored by NASA's Space-Based High Rate Data Delivery (HRDD) program, and is being presented by the NASA Glenn Research Center, which manages HRDD.
When: Tuesday, August 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Cleveland Airport Sheraton Hotel

Mission planners from NASA's Earth Science, Human Exploration and Development of Space, Space Science, and Aerospace Technology offices will describe potential missions, some as far off as 2020, and challenge researchers to develop revolutionary technologies that will make the missions safer, more reliable, or, in some cases, possible. The workshop brings together the mission planners and researchers from industry, academia, and government to discuss such research areas as proximity wireless networks for Mars, interlinked satellites for Earth observation and high rate data links for lunar colonies.

The speakers, Edward Torres, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD; Richard Fischer, NASA Headquarters, Harley Thronson, NASA Headquarters, and Konstantino Martzaklis, NASA Glenn, will be available to answer questions about the potential missions. Three workshop participants will also be available for interviews: Kul Bhasin, NASA Glenn and HRDD program manager; Frank Merat, Case Western Reserve University, and a HDRR principal investigator focusing on microelectromechanical (MEM) devices and digital processing; and Daniel Shell, Cisco Systems, whose company implements and commercializes new network technologies.

Members of the media wishing to attend the opening session should call Pamelia Caswell at 216-433-5795 or 216-549-7031 (pager). Telephone interviews are also available from 9:30 to noon by calling 216-265-3148 on the day of the event.

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