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Boeing Completes Dutch Apache Industrial Cooperation Program

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AMSTERDAM, Oct. 22, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully completed its industrial cooperation program for the AH-64D Apache Armed Helicopter Program for the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. This achievement, reached one year ahead of schedule and exceeding the reinvestment obligation, demonstrates the company’s continued success in meeting its industrial cooperation commitments. Boeing has successfully implemented industrial participation programs totaling more than US$31 billion in nearly 40 countries over the past 30 years.

“The completion of the Apache helicopter program continues our long-standing commitment to invest in the regions where we do business,” said Gwen Kopsie, director of International Industrial Participation & Alliances for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. “This accomplishment further reinforces our focus on developing partnerships and issuing contracts that will result in long-term, high-value jobs for the Dutch while further establishing Boeing as an enduring partner to Dutch industry. Over the last 10 years, Boeing has completed more than 300 such projects with more than 85 Dutch companies and institutions.”

Beyond the completion of the Apache program, valued at more than $1 billion, Boeing continues to support the Ministry of Economic Affairs in its efforts to grow technology and small-business activities through five active industrial cooperation programs in the Netherlands. These programs for AH-64D Apache support services, the CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, Joint Direct Attack Munitions weapons, the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System, and (K)DC-10 aerial refueling tanker cockpit upgrades are on track for completion before 2017.

“For more than 70 years, Boeing has been a partner to the Netherlands,” said Jan Närlinge, president of Boeing Northern Europe. “Today, Boeing is a major contributor to the Dutch economy through its industrial cooperation programs, generating more than $50 million in business annually. Boeing has many suppliers and customers in the region and enjoys close, mutually beneficial collaboration with airlines, government, academic institutions and industry.”

NASA Selects 18 University Proposals for Steckler Space Grants

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HOUSTON — NASA has chosen 18 proposals from universities around the
country to receive up to $70,000 for Phase One of the NASA Ralph
Steckler Space Grant Colonization Research and Technology Development

Grant money will support university research and technology
development activities that support a sustained human presence in
space, increase understanding of the moon’s environment and develop
basic infrastructure for future space colonies.

“I’m excited that many of the awards will provide a dual benefit to
exploration and to Earth conservation by focusing on important issues
such as water recycling, food production and power storage,” said
Frank Prochaska, manager of the Steckler Space Grant Project at
NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA selected two proposals from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.,
and the University of Arizona in Tucson and one proposal from each of
the following academic institutions:

Desert Research Institute in Reno

Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge

Montana State University in Bozeman

New Mexico State University in Las Cruces

Ohio Aerospace Institute in Cleveland

Old Dominion University Research Foundation in Norfolk, Va.

Pennsylvania State University in University Park

Texas Tech University System in Lubbock

University of California in San Diego

University of Central Florida in Orlando

University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn.

University of Idaho in Moscow

University of North Texas in Denton

University of Wisconsin in Green Bay

The projects selected to receive Steckler Space Grants will be
implemented through three funding and development phases. Phase One
will last nine months with a maximum award up to $70,000. The purpose
of Phase One is to establish the scientific and technical merit and
feasibility of a proposed innovation, research, or technology
development effort that could enable space colonization or
settlement. Primary exploration elements include habitation, rovers,
surface power, communications and extravehicular activity systems.

Phase Two, which lasts two years, will provide a maximum of $250,000
each to four of the most promising Phase One projects through a
competitive selection based on scientific and technical merit. The
purpose of Phase Two is to begin conducting the research and
technology development effort. Two awards of up to $275,000 each will
be given for the third phase, also two years, during which time the
Phase Two efforts will be integrated with NASA programs or projects.

NASA received 35 proposals. The agency released the cooperative
agreement notice inviting lead institutions of the National Space
Grant College and Fellowship Program to submit proposals for these
grants in November 2008. The Space Grant national network includes
more than 850 affiliates from universities, colleges, industry,
museums, science centers, and state and local agencies supporting and
enhancing science and engineering education, research and public
outreach efforts for NASA’s aeronautics and space projects. These
affiliates belong to one of 52 consortia in all 50 states, the
District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Ralph Steckler was an assistant film director and photographer from
southern California who had a lifelong interest in space
colonization. He left part of his estate to NASA for the colonization
of space and the betterment of mankind. Those funds are now providing
universities with NASA research opportunities based on his vision.

With this program and NASA’s other college and university programs,
the agency continues its tradition of investing in the nation’s
education programs with the goal of developing science, technology,
engineering and math skills and capabilities critical to achieving
the nations’ exploration goals.

For more information about NASA’s education programs visit:


NASA Announces Global Climate Change Education Awards

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WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded $6.1 million in cooperative agreements
to 15 organizations across the United States to enhance learning
through the use of NASA’s Earth Science resources. The selected
organizations include colleges and universities, nonprofit groups,
museums, science centers and a school district.

The winning proposals illustrated innovative approaches to using NASA
content to support elementary, secondary and undergraduate teaching
and learning, and through lifelong learning. There is a particular
emphasis on engaging students using NASA Earth observation data and
Earth system models.

Each cooperative agreement is expected to leverage NASA’s unique
contributions in climate and Earth system science. These grants
support NASA’s goal of engaging students in the critical disciplines
of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and inspiring
the next generation of explorers.

The 15 proposals will fund organizations in 12 states: Alaska,
Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North
Dakota, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Winning
proposals were selected through a merit-based, peer-reviewed
competition. The awards have up to a three-year period of performance
and range in value from about $170,000 to $650,000.

The cooperative agreements are part of a program Congress began in
fiscal year 2008. For a list of selected organizations and projects
descriptions, click on “Selected Proposals” and look for “Global
Climate Change Education” at:


For information about NASA’s Education programs, visit:


NASA to Hold News Conference about Next Space Shuttle Launch

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has scheduled a news conference for
approximately 6 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 29, to discuss the status
of the next space shuttle launch. The news conference, originating
from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will begin after the
conclusion of the Flight Readiness Review. The review will assess
preparations for shuttle Atlantis’ STS-129 mission to the
International Space Station.

The review is expected to include the selection of an official launch
date. Atlantis currently is targeted to launch at 2:28 p.m. EST on
Nov. 16.

The briefing participants are:

– Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations,
NASA Headquarters, Washington
– John Shannon, manager, Space Shuttle Program, NASA’s Johnson Space
Center, Houston
– Mike Leinbach, space shuttle launch director, Kennedy

NASA Television and the agency’s Web site will broadcast the briefing
live. Reporters may ask questions from participating NASA locations
and should contact their preferred NASA center to confirm its

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information,


For STS-129 crew and mission information, visit:


NASA Sets Briefing about Ares I-X Readiness to Launch

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA will hold a news conference on Friday,
Oct. 23, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to discuss
the status of the Ares I-X rocket launch. The briefing will begin at
approximately 5 p.m. EDT, after the conclusion of the Flight Test
Readiness Review, a meeting to assess preparations for the flight
test. The review is expected to include the selection of an official
launch date. Ares I-X currently is targeted to launch at 8 a.m. on
Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The briefing participants are:
– Bob Ess, Ares I-X mission manager
– Ed Mango, Ares I-X launch director

NASA Television and the agency’s Web site will broadcast the news
briefing live. Journalists may ask questions from participating NASA
locations. Reporters should contact their preferred NASA center to
confirm its participation. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and
scheduling information, visit:


Live status updates, including the start time for the news conference,
will be provided via the NASA Ares I-X Twitter feed during the

To access the feed, visit:


The two-and-a-half-minute Ares I-X flight will provide NASA with an
opportunity to test and prove hardware, facilities and ground
operations while gathering critical data for future launch vehicles.
For Ares I-X information, visit: