NASA Daily News Summary For Release: August 24, 2000 Media Advisory m00-166 SUMMARY NEWS RELEASES

SMALL COMPANIES TO STUDY POTENTIAL USE OF EMERGING LAUNCH SYSTEMS FOR ALTERNATIVE ACCESS TO SPACE STATION

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VIDEO FILE FOR AUGUST 24, 2000 UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS

***************************** NEWS RELEASES SMALL COMPANIES TO STUDY POTENTIAL USE OF EMERGING LAUNCH SYSTEMS FOR ALTERNATIVE ACCESS TO SPACE STATION NASA has awarded four small businesses 90-day contracts totaling $902,000 to develop concepts and requirements to provide access to the International Space Station on emerging launch systems. These studies could uncover a potential backup capability, augmenting the station's primary resupply vehicles the U.S. Space Shuttle, Russian Progress, European Space Agency Automated Transfer Vehicle and the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicles. Companies selected are: Andrews Space and Technology of El Segundo, CA, $195,000

Microcosm, Inc. of El Segundo, CA, $198,000 HMX Ltd. of Reno, NV, $245,000 Kistler Aerospace Corp. of Kirkland, WA, $264,000 Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Kirsten Williams (Phone: 202/358-0243) Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Dave Drachlis (Phone: 256/544-0034) For full text see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/contract/2000/c00-g.txt

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***************************** Video File - August 24, 2000 ITEM 1 - HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE IMAGE OF ORION TRAPEZIUM BROWN DWARF STARS - STSCI ITEM 2 - EXTREME GRAVITY: BENDING TIME AND SPACE - GSFC ITEM 3 - UPDATE ON HURRICANE DEBBY, SEAWIFS VIEWS OF U.S. FIRES AND LANDSAT 7 IMAGERY OF THE FIRES (REPLAY)

For digital images see: http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEAWIFS.html

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----------------------------UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENTS August 24, Thursday - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. - JSC Open House Live News Interviews - JSC August 25, Friday - 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Microgravity Research on the International Space Station Live News Interviews - MSFC For a complete list of upcoming live television events, see http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/breaking.html

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