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July 18, 1994 (Phone: 202/358-1639) RELEASE: 94-119 NASA AND UKRAINE SPACE AGENCY AGREE ON AREAS OF SPACE COOPERATION NASA and the National Space Agency of Ukraine (NSAU) agreed July 13 to explore possible cooperation in remote sensing and Earth sciences, telemedicine, space biology, space welding, advanced concepts and technology, and student and scientist exchanges. "These proposed activities are a significant first step in establishing U.S. and Ukrainian cooperation in space," said Robert W. Clarke, NASA Associate Administrator for Policy Coordination and International Relations. The activities follow discussions held between NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin and Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Shmarov earlier this year. Details of discussions that were held at NASA Headquarters, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., and the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 6-15, 1994, included the following: o Remote Sensing and Earth Sciences: Shuttle Imaging Radar (SIR-C) imagery of Ukraine: NASA has included a list of sites provided by NSAU as targets of opportunity for the August 1994 SIR-C Shuttle mission. NSAU will conduct airborne radar surveys of these sites during the mission. Chernobyl Studies: Discussions were held on a possible joint project to study the Chernobyl region using U.S. Landsat imagery and various Ukrainian data from ground measurements and from remote sensing platforms. o Telemedicine: Cooperation in this area may include computer connectivity,
voice/fax, and videoconferencing capabilities for furthering medical science and medical education, as well as the clinical telemedicine capabilities required for patient examinations and evaluations in Ukraine and the United States. o Space Biology: This may include data and scientist exchanges in flight- and ground-based research, biomedical research, flight hardware, access to space flight, unique ground facilities, science and technology application, and advanced life support. o Space welding: A possible NASA/Ukraine Joint Flight Demonstration of the Ukrainian Universal Hand Tool (UHT) was discussed. If approved, NASA will lease the UHT from the Paton Institute, Kiev, Ukraine. The institute is a world leader in space welding technologies which could offer viable techniques for assembly and repair of large space structures. A flight demonstration project of the UHT could begin as early as October 1994 with an estimated flight date on the Space Shuttle planned for late 1997. o Advanced concepts and technology: This includes exploring possible collaborative areas in advanced concepts and technology, especially in the areas of electrophoresis, protein crystal growth, organic separation, animal and plant productivity, environmental controls, agricultural biotechnology, and electron beam processing of metallic and semiconductor materials. Clarke was the head of the U.S. Delegation and Valeriy G. Komarov, Deputy Director General, NSAU, was the head of the Ukrainian delegation. -end-