Today, executives of The
Boeing Company and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) met to
celebrate the signing of a teaming agreement to reinforce their ongoing
commitment to the future of the International Space Station (ISS).
Additionally, they agreed to explore new opportunities in the field of
aerospace as they continue to jointly expand their global aerospace

Under the teaming agreement, Boeing and MHI will work cooperatively to
ensure an integrated global approach for the long-term support of ISS.
agreement includes a range of U.S. payload integration for the H-II Transfer
Vehicle, systems integration support for the Centrifuge Accommodation Module
(CAM), U.S. payload accommodation analysis for Kibo (the Japanese Experimental
Module), and logistics activities related to those key elements.

“We are pleased to continue our work with MHI,” said Brewster Shaw, vice
president and general manager – Boeing International Space Station.
“It not
only integrates our experiences and competencies but also engenders our joint
effort to provide efficient solutions to our customers.”

MHI is a major contractor to the National Space Development Agency of
Japan for systems integration of key ISS elements such as the CAM, H-II
Transfer Vehicle and Kibo.

“MHI would like to find new business opportunities and establish a
stronger relationship with Boeing through the teaming agreement activities for
the ISS program,” said Tadayuki Tanioka, MHI managing director, general
manager of
Aerospace Headquarters.

In May, MHI and Boeing signed and announced a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) for the Global Cooperative Relationship signifying their expanded
cooperation in aerospace and other business areas.
The two aerospace giants
are jointly studying detailed business opportunities to enhance their
worldwide competitiveness by providing superior products and best services.
In addition to the International Space Station teaming agreement, other Space
& Communications areas that MHI and Boeing are conducting feasibility studies
for include electronic systems, launch programs, manned and unmanned space
Development of new commercial airplanes, product services, financial
support activities, and intelligent technology are also being studied in the
Commercial Airplanes arena under the overarching joint MOU.

“Currently, MHI is an active participant in our airplane programs and is a
major program partner on the Boeing 777,” said Alan Mulally, president –
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group.
“I anticipate that this relationship will
extend to the new Longer Range 777-200 and -300, and we are also looking at an
expanded MHI role on the 747X as we develop that program.”

Boeing is expecting to greatly benefit from MHI’s expertise in
manufacturing and product development through exchange of ideas and by working
together to enhance their leading positions in the aerospace industry added

Boeing is NASA’s prime contractor to design, develop, manufacture and
assemble the Space Station.
ISS is orbiting overhead — visible from Earth in
the night sky.
The first two modules, Zarya and Unity, were launched and
assembled in orbit in late 1998.
The most recent ISS assembly mission was
Zvezda, the Russian Service Module, launched aboard a Russian Proton rocket
July 12.
ISS is scheduled to dock to Zvezda on July 26.

The first astronaut crew, Expedition One, will be brought to ISS in
October for its three-month stay.
The U.S. Laboratory will be launched aboard
Space Shuttle Atlantis in early 2001.