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Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

NASA Marshall Center to Host Mentor-Protégé Signing Agreement July 12 Between Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Alabama A&M
What: On July 12, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will host a "Mentor-Protégé" signing agreement between a NASA prime contractor and a historically black college or university.

The two-year NASA agreement is between Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif., and Alabama A&M University in Huntsville. Pratt & Whitney specializes in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. The company is developing the J-2X engine for the Marshall Center. The J-2X engine is the first human-rated liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen rocket engine to be developed in four decades. It will power the upper stage of NASA's evolved Space Launch System, an advanced heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new national capability for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit.

Historically black colleges and universities, such as Alabama A&M University, are American schools established before 1964 with the primary purpose of educating African-American students.

The NASA Mentor-Protégé Program, established in 2008 by NASA's Office of Small Business Programs, pairs large companies with eligible small businesses and institutions to establish long-term relationships, enhance technical capabilities and enable them to successfully compete for larger, more complex prime contract and subcontract awards.

NASA's first Mentor-Protégé signing agreement, in February 2009, was between Science Applications International Corp. and Oakwood University, both in Huntsville.

Who: Participating in the signing event will be Robin Henderson, associate director of the Marshall Center; Paul Fowler, director of supply management at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; and Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr., president of Alabama A&M University.

When: Thursday, July 12, 1 p.m. CDT

Where: Marshall Space Flight Center, Building 4200, Room 900

To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact Angela Storey in the Marshall Public & Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. Media must report to the Redstone Arsenal Joint Visitor Control Center at Gate 9, Interstate 565 interchange at Rideout Road/Research Park Boulevard. Vehicles are subject to a security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance. Visitor parking is available in front of Building 4200 on the southwest side.

For more information about the NASA Mentor-Protégé Program, visit:

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