NASA and aerospace industry representatives will
announce results of the Space Launch Initiative’s first
milestone review, which narrowed the field of potential
technologies and architecture designs for our nation’s next
reusable launch vehicle. NASA’s Space Launch Initiative is
designing the next-generation space transportation system by
first developing the technologies needed to ensure a safer,
more reliable system that can be operated at a much lower

NASA will hold a media briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April
30, in the James E. Webb Auditorium, NASA Headquarters, 300 E
Street, SW, Washington.

Briefing the news media will be:

* Dennis Smith, NASA Space Launch Initiative Program
Manager, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

* Michael Coats, Vice President Reusable Space
Transportation Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems,
Denver, Colo.

* Kevin Neifert, Director Next Generation Launch Systems,
The Boeing Co., Seal Beach, Calif.

* Doug Young, Director Space Systems, Northrop Grumman
Integrated Systems, El Segundo, Calif.

* Dr. Antonio Elias, Executive Vice President and General
Manager Advanced Programs, Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles,

The briefing will be carried live on NASA Television with
two-way question-and-answer capability for reporters covering
the briefing from participating NASA centers. NASA TV is
broadcast on satellite GE-2, transponder 9C, at 85 degrees
West longitude, vertical polarization, frequency 3880 MHz,
audio of 6.8 MHz. The briefing also will be available on the
Internet at: