June Malone
Media Relations Department
Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, AL
(256) 544-0034

Long-life rocket engines, space sails and the status of NASA’s technology demonstrators are among topics to be discussed in October when NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., hosts "Space Transportation Day 2000: Risk Reduction for the Next Generations."
The second annual Space Transportation Day and technology workshop will be held Oct. 11-12 at the Marshall Center.
NASA will showcase cutting-edge technologies aimed at strengthening the U.S. space launch industry by dramatically improving safety, reliability and cost of future space transportation systems.
"Innovative technology development is at the heart of the space transportation revolution, and it’s essential for government, industry and academia to exchange the latest technology ideas and achievements," said Dr. Row Rogacki, director of the Marshall Center’s Space Transportation Directorate. "Space Transportation Day is designed to update recent technology accomplishments."
Technology areas to be discussed include intelligent vehicle health management systems, Space Shuttle upgrades, airframes, thermal protection systems, launch vehicle operations, upper stages, propulsion, in-space transportation systems and research.
The morning session on Wednesday, Oct. 11 will be an overview of space transportation, followed by breakout sessions for technical presentations. Admission is free and open to the public. Registration deadline is Oct. 6. Pre-registration is required and can be completed online at:
As NASA’s premier organization for development of space transportation and propulsion systems, the Marshall Space Flight Center is developing revolutionary technologies that promise a new age of space exploration. These innovative technologies will dramatically increase safety and reliability and reduce the cost of space transportation.