United Space Alliance Chief Operating Officer Mike McCulley will host a commissioning ceremony to hand over a new, state-of-the-art convoy command vehicle to KSC Center Director Roy Bridges on Thursday, June 27 at 1 p.m. at the Landing Operations Facility.

The new 40-foot vehicle is replacing a 15-year old model, and will be used following Shuttle landings as the prime vehicle to control critical communications between the orbiter, the crew and the Launch Control Center, to monitor the health of the Shuttle Orbiter systems and to direct convoy operations at the Shuttle Landing Facility.

Many upgrades and high-tech features were incorporated into the design and development of this vehicle making it more reliable and efficient for the convoy crew. Seating capacity was increased from four to twelve, video recorders and television monitors were added to provide the convoy team with the maximum amount of visual information.

Media wishing to attend the ceremony and tour the vehicle should report to the KSC press site at 12 p.m. for transportation to the Shuttle Landing Facility.