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Bill Johnson
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

RELEASE : 46-07
NASA Invites Media To View BMW Hydrogen 7 Vehicle At KSC
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Media will have the opportunity to view a BMW Hydrogen 7 vehicle at Kennedy Space Center's Press Site from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. A representative from the manufacturer, BMW of North America, and H.T. Everett, NASA fluids manager for propellants and life support, will be available for interviews.

An eight-week test period of a fleet of BMW Hydrogen 7 vehicles has been successfully completed. The tests, which were initiated under a Space Act Agreement between NASA and BMW, illustrate the organizations' shared commitment to advancing hydrogen technologies and exploring innovative transportation concepts and alternative energy sources. Kennedy Space Center is one of the first organizations to test drive the vehicle in the United States.

"We are pleased to partner with BMW to test their vehicles and explore alternative fuel sources," KSC Director Bill Parsons said. "This is using tomorrow's technology today."

The vehicle is fueled by liquid hydrogen, one of the propellants used in the Space Shuttle Program. The BMW Hydrogen 7 uses a liquid hydrogen storage tank and a hydrogen-fueled combustion engine. During the tests, the fleet of vehicles used Kennedy Space Center's liquid hydrogen reserve which was on hand to support mission STS-117 in the event of a launch delay. Liquid hydrogen will boil off and dissipate if unused.

Media representatives who are accredited to cover space shuttle mission STS-118 launch activities do not need to apply for credentials to attend the event. Non-accredited media who are U.S. citizens must apply for credentials by 4:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 7, via the Web at Business e-mail addresses, rather than personal accounts, must be supplied when applying for credentials. Once accreditation is approved, applicants will receive confirmation via e-mail.

Additional information is available by calling the Kennedy Space Center Newsroom at 321-867-2468.


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