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3, 1999 Media Advisory m99-022 TODAY'S SUMMARY: X-33 METALLIC HEAT SHIELD DECLARED READY FOR FLIGHT VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 3, 1999 ^^^^^ X-33 METALLIC HEAT SHIELD DECLARED READY FOR FLIGHT NOTE‹Local media angle in: - Huntsville, AL (X-33 program management) - Chula Vista, CA - Palmdale, CA NASA has declared "ready for flight" a new technology designed to make future spacecraft lighter and less expensive to launch into space. A metallic thermal heat shield, developed and built by BF Goodrich Aerospace/Aerostructures Group in Chula Vista, CA, will fly on the X-33, the halfscale reusable launch vehicle (RLV) demonstrator. The X-33, named "VentureStar" (TM) by its developer, Lockheed Martin, is the testbed for spacecraft technologies that are airplanelike in operation while using a single-stage-to-orbit design. This RLV concept could reduce the cost of putting a payload into space from the current $10,000 per pound to $1,000 per pound. The metallic panels would replace the maintenanceintensive, fragile thermal tile type of system currently used on the Space Shuttle. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Jim Cast 202/358-1779. Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Dom Amatore 256/544-0031. Contact at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, Palmdale, CA: Ron Lindeke 805/572-4153. For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-009.txt

^^^^^ If NASA issues any additional news releases later today, we will e-mail summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 1998 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1998/index.html Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html *********** VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 3, 1999 FEBRUARY 3, 1999 ITEM ITEM ITEM ITEM ^^^^^ ITEM 1. X-33 METALLIC HEAT SHIELD DECLARED READY FOR FLIGHT Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Jim Cast 202/358-1779. Contact at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL: Dom Amatore 256/544-0031. Contact at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, Palmdale, CA: Ron Lindeke 805/572-4153. ITEM 2. RETREAT OF THE WESTERN ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: David Steitz 202/358-1730. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Wade Sisler 301/286-6256. ITEM 3. STARDUST MISSION (replay plus new B-roll) 1. 2. 3. 4. X-33 METALLIC HEAT SHIELD DECLARED READY FOR FLIGHT RETREAT OF THE WESTERN ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET STARDUST MISSION (replay plus new B-roll) BUDGET VIDEO (replay)

Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Mary Beth Murrill 818/354-5011. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. ITEM 4. BUDGET VIDEO (replay) Contact at NASA HQ, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo 202/3584555. ^^^^^ NASA normally airs the Video File at noon, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 p.m. and midnight Eastern Time. NASA Television is available on GE-2, transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz. Ray Castillo NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: 202/358-4555. For the most recent NASA Video File Advisory, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt For general information on NASA Television, see: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv ********** CONTRACT AWARDS NASA posts contract awards to: http://procurement.nasa.gov/EPS/award.html NASA issues the Daily News Summary at approximately 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on business days when we issue news releases, new Video File material or schedule live events. Members of the news media who wish to subscribe to or unsubscribe from this list should send an e-mail message to: brian.dunbar@hq.nasa.gov END OF DAILY NEWS SUMMARY