NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Feb.

11, 1999 Media Advisory m99-030 TODAY'S SUMMARY: * GENERAL AVIATION TO GET A NASA-INDUSTRY 'LIFT' * GUIDONI TO ACCOMPANY FIRST ITALIAN SPACE STATION ELEMENT TO ORBIT * LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY ON AVIATION OF THE FUTURE * VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 11, 1999 *********** GENERAL AVIATION TO GET A NASA-INDUSTRY 'LIFT' Note: Local angles in: Lexington, MA Portland, OR Redmond, OR Wichita, KS Cedar Rapids, IA Los Gatos, CA Olathe, KS Hampton VA In the not-too-distant future, there may be a virtual "highway in the sky," as the average person could take to the sky in small, safe and affordable, easy-to-fly personal aircraft, traveling four times the speed of today's cars. NASA has selected a team of industry partners to help develop the highway in the sky system, a key element of the government-industry effort to revitalize general aviation in the United States. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: H. Keith Henry 757/864-6120/24. Contact at AvroTec, Inc., Portland, OR: Mary Nolan 503/2211220. For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-017.txt

^^^^^ GUIDONI TO ACCOMPANY FIRST ITALIAN SPACE STATION ELEMENT TO ORBIT European Space Agency Astronaut Umberto Guidoni, Ph.D., will be on board Discovery when it delivers one of the Italian Space Agency's (ASI) contributions to the International Space Station on a mission targeted for April 2000. NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin made this announcement in Rome, Italy, earlier this week. Guidoni is the first astronaut named to Shuttle flight STS-102. That mission will carry one of three multi-purpose logistics modules scheduled for launch to the International Space Station. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Debra Rahn 202/358-1638. Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: Doug Peterson 281/483-5111. For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-018.txt ^^^^^ If NASA issues any 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 *********** LIVE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY ON AVIATION OF THE FUTURE "Wings on America," a NASA initiative to develop -- with industry and other government agencies -- technology for the air travel of the future will be the topic. NASA has a vision of the future in which small aircraft may be as easy to use

and as inexpensive as today's luxury car. "Wings on America" would make doorstep-to-destination travel possible at four times the speed of today's highways. Interview opportunities are available with Dr. Bruce Holmes, head of NASA's General Aviation Office, on Friday, Feb. 12, 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST. B-Roll is available that includes two new state-of-the-art small aircraft and 3-D animation of "smart airports" and the cockpits of the future. Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: Ivelisse Gilman 757/864-5036. ********** VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 11, 1999 ITEM 1. "WINGS ON AMERICA," GENERAL AVIATION IN THE FUTURE NASA and industry partners are developing new airplane technologies that will allow travelers in the 21st century to fly faster and safer than ever before. The public will be able to afford personal aircraft in which they will fly themselves from "smart airports," following a virtual "highway in the sky." Contact at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA: H. Keith Henry 757/864-6120/24. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. ITEM 2. THE ORBITS OF PLUTO & NEPTUNE CROSS (replay) Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage 202/358-1727. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Jane Platt 818/354-5011. ^^^^^ 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