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For Release: Jan. 7, 1998

Janice Johnson

(757) 864-6123

RELEASE NO. 98-001


The race for space which began forty years ago with the successful launch of the Sputnik 1 satellite has spawned spectacular achievements in communications, space exploration, research and a multitude of spin-offs that have positively affected everyone on Earth. On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Delma C. Freeman will give a presentation on the X-33, the NASA Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) Program, slated to play a major role in future space exploration.

Freeman, an aerospace engineer and the Director of the Aerospace Transportation Technology Office at the NASA Langley Research Center, was involved in the development of the space shuttle.

Since the completion of his shuttle work, Freeman has been involved in development of advanced space transportation systems to replace the space shuttle. He has just completed a special assignment as a member of a five person team that defined a Space Transportation Investment Strategy for NASA that will support an orderly transition from the space shuttle to a new system.

A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the NASA Langley H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Boulevard in Hampton. Media who wish to attend this briefing should contact Janice Johnson (757) 864-6123. Freeman's talk begins at 2 p.m.

A similar presentation will be given by Freeman at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Air and Space Center (VASC) in Hampton.

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