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Sally Harrington
Media Relations Office

October 10, 2007
High Altitude Testbed Systems to be Introduced at NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station
Cleveland -- NASA's Glenn Research Center will host a media briefing and photo opportunity to learn about the AeroCentric Federation's AerOhio1 aerostat and the HALE (High-Altitude Long-Endurance) testbed proving station at Glenn's western campus, Plum Brook Station, in Sandusky, Ohio, on October 15 at 10 a.m.

The AeroCentric Federation was established with the goal of advancing technologies necessary to develop a high altitude system capability for the nation. Its members include the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Battle Lab and SkySentry, LCC, located in Colorado Springs; the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Brook Park, Ohio; Western DataCom in Westlake, Ohio; Glenn Research Center; and the Universities of Cincinnati and Toledo in Ohio.

Telemetry and control systems along with the 23,000-cubic-foot aerostat (a tethered blimp) -- 25 feet in diameter and 75 feet long -- will provide a safe and cost effective proving station for observation and communication technologies before testing on high-altitude platforms.

AeroCentric Federation team members and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will be in attendance and available to answer questions about the project from the media.

Media representatives interested in attending the briefing should contact Sally Harrington at 216-433-2037 by noon on October 12 to be cleared through security at Plum Brook Station.

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