Allen Clark Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

December 2, 1993 (Phone: 202/358-1400) Embargoed Until Noon EST June Malone Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. (Phone: 205/544-7061) Release: 93-215 YELLOW CREEK FACILITIES TARGETED FOR SHUTTLE NOZZLE WORK NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin today announced agency plans to use its nearly-completed Advanced Solid Rocket Motor (ASRM) Yellow Creek facilities in Iuka, Miss., for manufacture of nozzles for the current Space Shuttle Redesigned Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM) program. "Initial assessments of the agency's assets at the Yellow Creek location indicate that relocation of the manufacture of Thiokol Corp.'s RSRM nozzle work appears to be an alternative worth pursuing. I have, therefore, directed the Office of Space Flight, through the Marshall Space Flight Center, to proceed with detailed planning and definitization for the implementation of this activity," Goldin said. NASA has taken a team approach in an effort to optimize the facilities located at Yellow Creek. Reviews currently are underway within the Department of Labor, Department of Commerce, Tennessee Valley Authority, General Services Administration and other federal agencies for future use. By bringing these diverse groups together, the government will be able to maximize the impact of the taxpayer's investment. Congress recently directed NASA to terminate the ASRM program

which was to have represented the next generation of advanced motor design for the Space Shuttle fleet. For the Shuttle Program, the relocation of the RSRM nozzle manufacturing from Utah to Yellow Creek provides the opportunity to upgrade and consolidate the manufacturing process under one roof and increase the use of automation.

- more -2Thiokol proposes to establish a nozzle "center of excellence" at Yellow Creek and invest in nozzle research. This effort potentially will be of benefit to NASA and the American launch industry as a whole, once enhancements are perfected. Goldin explained that "The federal government has invested a significant amount of taxpayer money in the construction of state-of-the-art facilities at Yellow Creek. With the termination of ASRM, NASA is committed to obtaining the maximum possible return on this investment while at the same time attempting to mitigate the economic impact on the Iuka region resulting from ASRM temination." The Marshall center has been requested to develop a preliminary engineering report for the required Yellow Creek facilities and to provide a program plan -- including funding requirements and manpower impact data -- for review by NASA Headquarters within 90 days. A decision to proceed with full implementation of the plan will be made at that time. - end -