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For Release: May 7, 2004

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

Megan McRainey
Georgia Institute of Technology



NASA and Georgia Tech University's Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory will jointly host the first Vehicle Systems Meeting May 11-13 in Atlanta.

For over 80 years, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and now NASA has continued to push the boundaries of air transportation. Through its research and development work, NASA has helped to develop capabilities that are found in each of today's aircraft. The Vehicle Systems Program continues to conduct long-term, high-risk research to promote future innovation and assure U.S. leadership in aeronautics.

The meeting will include a review of the Program's plans and accomplishments as well as sessions for feedback from senior personnel within the external community, including industry, university and other governmental agencies. Keynote speakers include NASA's Glenn Research Center Deputy Director Rich Christiansen and NASA Director of the Aeronautics Technology Theme Terry Hertz.

The Vehicle Systems Program seeks to pioneer and validate ground breaking capabilities in six vehicle sectors to protect the environment, make Americans more mobile, support national security, and enable new missions. Reduced noise and air pollution as well as higher efficiency and completely new air vehicle concepts are the key goals of the Program.

The six vehicle sectors in which technology development is focused include Extreme Short Takeoff and Landing Transports; Heavy-Lift Rotorcraft; Quiet, Efficient Subsonic Transports; Easy-to-Use, Quiet, Personal Transportation; Silent Small Supersonic Transports; and High Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Operated Aircraft.

Media representatives are welcome to attend any of the sessions at the Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in downtown Atlanta.

The complete meeting program is available at:



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