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February 4, 1993 (Phone: 202/358-1983) Rick Mould University of Alabama in Huntsville (Phone: 205/895-6414) Mike Bryant EER Systems, Vienna, Va. (Phone: 703/847-5750) Debbie Bingham White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (Phone: 505/678-1134) RELEASE: 93-22 CONSORT 6 LAUNCH DATE SET A commercial suborbital rocket carrying seven experiments has been set for launch at 1 p.m. EST, on Feb. 19, by the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Consortium for Materials Development in Space (UAH CMDS). EER Systems Corp., Vienna, Va., will launch the Consort 6 from theWhite Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M., from White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M., using its two-stage solid fuel Starfire 1 rocket. The launch will be conducted through the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division-White Sands Detachment. The rocket will carry the payload to an altitude of 200 miles, providing the experiments with 7 to 8 minutes of microgravity. Managed by the UAH CMDS, a NASA Center for the Commercial Development of Space (CCDS), the Consort rocket and launch services are funded by a grant from the space agency's Office of

Advanced Concepts and Technology. The Consort 6 experiments, focusing on the effects of microgravity on various processes, materials and biomedical samples, will be conducted by UAH CMDS and another NASA CCDS, theCenter for Cell Research (CCR) at the Pennsylvania State University. -more-2The CCR will examine various biological samples using its Biomodule. The experiment will study the effects of microgravity on amphibian skin tissue. The processes to be examined in the experiment are identical to those in the human body used for the release of hormones for proper health. The UAH CMDS and several industry partners will conduct experiments studying the effects of the low gravity environment on different materials: * The UAH CMDS experiments include two foam experiments with Thiokol Corp., Logan, Utah. The experiments will form foam into specific shapes to study the use of foam as a building material and insulator in space. * Kennametal, Inc., Greensburg, Pa., and the UAH CMDS will use a high-temperature furnace in a liquid phase sintering experiment and will capture a ceramic mix in a special hydraulic compacting device in a powdered materials processing experiment. * Space Hardware Optimization Technology, Floyd Knobs, Ind., and Interfacial Dynamics Corp., Portland, Ore., will team with the UAH CMDS on an organic separation experiment. The experiment will focus on improving purification techniques for certain biotechnology materials. * An electrodeposition experiment , using nickel and cobalt , will be conducted by the UAH CMDS and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, Huntsville. The experiment will help find metals and alloys with enhanced corrosion resistance, surface hardening and catalystical properties. McDonnell Douglas also provides the Consort 6 payload integration.

-endEDITORS NOTE: A prelaunch photo opportunity and informal briefing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. (local time), Feb. 18, at WSMR. Requests for accreditation to attend the launch and related activities should be submitted by Feb. 11 to: Debbie Bingham, PAO Building 122 White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002-5057 (Phone: 505/678-1134) Radio and television reporters planning live coverage directly from the range are required to coordinate their transmission frequencies with WSMR by Feb. 12 so they may be cleared for use.