NASA Daily News Summary For Release: March 3, 1999 Media Advisory m99-042 TODAY'S SUMMARY: NASA

TO STUDY CONCEPTS THAT COULD REVOLUTIONIZE SPACE-BASED OBSERVATIONS X-33 LAUNCH SITE BRIEFING SET FOR MARCH 5 VIDEO FILE FOR MARCH 3, 1999 ********** NASA BEGINS TESTING REPLICA OF HISTORIC 1903 WRIGHT FLYER NASA is conducting a wind tunnel test of a full-scale replica of the historic 1903 Wright Flyer this month to learn more about its stability, control and handling characteristics. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. Contact at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA Michael Mewhinney 650/604-3937. For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-031.txt ********** X-33 LAUNCH SITE BRIEFING SET FOR MARCH 5 NASA and Lockheed Martin X-33 program officials will brief news media about the completion of construction on the X-33 launch site and its operations at 1 p.m. EST on Friday, March 5. The briefing will originate from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, and will be broadcast on NASA Television. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Jim Cast 202/358-1779. Contact at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL Dom Amatore 256/544-0031. Contact at Dryden Flight Research Center, CA Fred Brown 661/258-2663. Contact at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, CA Ellen Bendell 661/572-4155.

For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/note2edt/1999/n99-012.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 ********** Video Advisory v99-041 VIDEO FILE FOR MAR. 3, 1999 ITEM 1. ITEM 2. ^^^^^ ITEM 1. WRIGHT FLYER WIND TUNNEL TEST WRIGHT FLYER WIND TUNNEL TEST ARTIFICIAL MUSCLES (replay)

NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, is conducting a wind tunnel test of a full-scale replica of the historic 1903 Wright Flyer to learn more about its stability, control and handling characteristics. Test results will be used to compile a historically accurate aerodynamic database of the Wright Flyer. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. Contact at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA: Michael Mewhinney 650/604-3937. ITEM 2. ARTIFICIAL MUSCLES (replay)

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell

202/358-1753. Contact at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Jack Dawson 818/354-0040. ^^^^^ Satellite Interview Opportunities March 3 and March 4: _ Live Interview Opportunity with Wright Flyer Experts NASA is conducting wind tunnel tests on a full-scale replica of the historic 1903 Wright Flyer this month to learn more about the plane. Talk with Fred Culick, who will fly the Wright Flyer in 2003, on Wednesday, March 3, between 5:00 - 7:00 pm EST or Pete Zell, the Wright Flyer Project Manager, between 7:00-9:00 p.m. EST. NASA's talent will be seated in front of the Wright Flyer replica in the wind tunnel. B-roll will be available on the NASA TV Video File at noon, 3:00, and 7:00 p.m. EST. NASA TV is broadcast on GE-2 (C-Band satellite), transponder 9C. In case of trouble during the interview, call Ames master control at 650-604-1536. To book a window, please call Mike Mewhinney 650-6043937, pager 650-335-3675 or Laura Lewis 650-604-2162, pager 650-317-0551. _ Satellite Interview Opportunity on "Artificial Muscles" Artificial muscles that may give space robots animallike flexibility and manipulation ability will get their first test on a small NASA rover destined to explore an asteroid. Under development by Dr. Yoseph Bar-Cohen of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA, the artificial muscles are based on a simple, lightweight strip of highly flexible plastic that bends and Functions similarly to human fingers when electrical voltage is applied to it. Live satellite interview opportunities with Dr. BarCohen are available on Thursday, March 4, 5-9 p.m. EST. NASA TV is broadcast on GE-2 (C-Band satellite), transponder 9C. In case of trouble during the interview, call JPL master control at (818) 354-0246 and (818) 354-2113.

To book a window, please call Jack Dawson at 818-354-0040. ********** The NASA Video File normally airs 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. NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Ray Castillo 202/358-4555 END ********** 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