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Michael Braukus
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1979)

Leslie Williams
Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.
(Phone: 661/276-3893)

Keith Henry
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
(Phone: 757/864-6120)

March 17, 2004
NASA Announces Press Conference For Hyper-X Flight
A news media briefing for the next X-43A flight is set for Wednesday, March 24, at 5 p.m. EST at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Edwards, Calif. The X-43A is tentatively scheduled to fly March 27.

Hyper-X program manager Vince Rausch from NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., and X-43A flight test project manager Joel Sitz from DFRC will outline the program and flight of the second unpiloted research vehicle in the Hyper-X program. The program's industry team will also be available to respond to questions.

The news briefing will be carried live on NASA Television, and reporters at participating NASA centers will be able to ask questions. NASA TV is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. For information about NASA TV on the Internet, visit:

Designed to fly from seven to 10 times the speed of sound, using air-breathing scramjet engines instead of traditional rocket power, the X-43A could represent a major leap forward in the goal of providing faster, more reliable and less expensive access to space.

For news media accreditation at the Dryden Flight Research Center, contact Public Affairs at: 661/276-3449. For information about NASA programs on the Internet, visit:


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