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For Release: Sept. 23, 1996

Michael Finneran
(757) 864-6121/23

RELEASE NO. 96-159


Delma C. Freeman Jr. has been named director of the new Aerospace Transportation Technology Office at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

The larger and more comprehensive office replaces the Hypersonics Vehicle Office, and encompasses hypersonics and related areas, including the X-33, X-34, Hyper-X, and future space transportation activities. Freeman, a Poquoson native, had served as chief of the Space Systems and Concepts Division prior to his new assignment.

He has worked at NASA Langley since 1960, when he started as an instrument calibrator in the Instrument Research Division. Since then, he has worked in the Center's Full-Scale Tunnel, the Space Systems Division, and on temporary assignment to NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was head of the Space Transportation Technology Office.

Freeman returned to Langley in 1983 and was named assistant head of the Aerothermodynamics Branch of the Space Systems Division. In 1986, he became head of the Vehicle Analysis Branch. In 1991, Freeman was named assistant chief of the Space Systems Division.

Freeman was named leader of the space transportation thrust in the Space and Atmospheric Sciences Program Group in 1994. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering.

Freeman is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). In 1989, he received the NASA Exceptional Service Award for directing Langley's efforts supporting the National Space Transportation Program. In 1992-93, he was chairman of the AIAA Hampton Roads Section.

Freeman and his wife, Diana, live in Poquoson.

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