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February 26, 1991 (Phone: 703/557-5609) Rick Mould University of Alabama-Huntsville (Phone: 205/895-6414) George Purvis Orbital Science Corp., Space Data Div., Chandler, Ariz. (Phone: 602/899-6000) RELEASE: 91-33 JOUST 1 COMMERCIAL LAUNCH SET FOR MARCH 29 The launch of Joust 1, a commercial suborbital rocket carrying 10 materials and biotechnology experiments, has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. EST on March 29 from Launch Complex 20 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Joust 1 mission is sponsored by the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Consortium for Materials Development in Space (UAH CMDS), a NASA Center for Commercial Development of Space. Orbital Sciences Corp., Space Data Division, Chandler, Ariz., under a contract with UAH CMDS, will provide the rocket and launch services. Space Data will use its Prospector launch vehicle to lift the payload approximately 400 miles into space. The one-stage rocket will provide about 13 minutes of microgravity for the experiments. Following reentry, the payload will splash down in the Atlantic Ocean about 200 miles downrange where it will be recovered by ship and returned to Cape Canaveral. The Joust 1 flight will involve participation from four other

NASA commercial development centers. The CCDS payload participants include: * UAH CMDS -- Three materials science and processing experiments; * Advanced Materials Center, Battelle Columbus Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio -- Three materials processing experiments; - more -2* Center for Cell Research, Penn. State University, State College -- one biotechnology experiment; * Bioserve Space Technologies, University of Colorado, Boulder -- one biotechnology experiment; and * The Center for Commercial Development of Space Power and Advanced Electronics, Auburn University, -- power distribution and control units. Additionally, two industrial members of UAH CMDS will have experiments as part of the payload: * Thiokol Corp., Logan, Utah -- a materials science experiment with thin films; and * Instrumentation Technology Associates, Inc., (ITA) Exton, Pa. -- Materials Dispersion Apparatus which will hold experiments in biomedical, manufacturing processes and fluid science fields. Teledyne-Brown Engineering, Huntsville, Ala., will provide payload integration. The Joust launch is funded in part by a grant from NASA's Office of Commercial Programs. Total cost for the launch, payload and launch services is about $3 million.

This will be the fourth commercial launch sponsored by the UAH CMDS. The previous launches -- all part of the consortium's Consort launch series -- were conducted at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. - end EDITORS NOTE: A preflight press briefing will be conducted the day before launch at NASA's Kennedy Space Center News Center, followed by a photo opportunity at Launch Complex 20. News media planning to cover the Joust 1 flight should direct their request for accreditation to: Lisa Fowler, PA-PIB Phone: 407/867-2468 John F. Kennedy Space Center, 407/867-2692 Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899

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