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June 7, 1990 4 p.m. EDT

ORBITAL MANEUVERING VEHICLE PROGRAM IS TERMINATED NASA today announced the termination of its Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV) program. Citing budgetary pressures "across the Space Flight realm" for the next several years, together with a lack of firm, near-term requirements for such a vehicle, NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Flight, Dr. William B. Lenoir, concluded that it is necessary to terminate OMV which had been scheduled for a maiden flight in 1995. "It, or something similar, eventually will be needed in our space infrastructure," Dr. Lenoir explained, "but we will have at least 2 or 3 years to develop firm requirements before it will be necessary to begin development." As originally conceived, the OMV was to have been a reusable, remotely controlled low-Earth orbit free-flying "space tug" capable of performing a wide range of on-orbit satellite servicing and retrieval missions. The two existing requirements for an OMV are supporting the reboost of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Advanced X-Ray Astronomy Facility. According to Dr. Lenoir, the near-term operational requirements for these payloads can be satisfied with the baseline Shuttle capabilities. Commending the Marshall Space Flight Center program managers for an excellent job in pulling the OMV program together, Dr. Lenoir stated that, "this has been a difficult decision to make, but I feel that it is a necessary step in order to keep the

overall space flight program healthy, on firm footing and capable of delivering on schedule and on budget." "I have no doubt that an OMV-like capability will be required in the future. Potential demands to support servicing-type missions will overburden the efficient use of Shuttle capabilities in the late 1990s. The documented accomplishments of the OMV program to date will be incorporated into an eventual detailed specification for the restart," Dr. Lenoir said. - end -

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