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Monday, September 19, 2011

NASA Administrator To Speak At 2011 Air And Space Conference

J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington

Bolden to Announce New Developments in NASA's Commercial Space Efforts

WASHINGTON -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will speak on Monday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. EDT at the Air Force Association's 2011 Air and Space Conference at the Gaylord Convention Center at the National Harbor in Maryland. Bolden will announce developments in NASA's commercial space efforts, including new milestones for the commercial crew development program. He also will provide an update on the agency's acquisition strategy to procure transportation services from private industry to carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station.

Reporters are invited to attend the conference and the speech and must register at the Press Office located in the Gaylord's Chesapeake D room. For more information on registration, reporters may contact Merri Shaffer at 800-727-3337, ext. 5847.

Bolden will provide an overview of NASA's evolving post-shuttle priorities, including the development of a new multi-purpose crew vehicle and heavy lift rocket for future missions beyond low Earth orbit. He also will discuss technology development and key aeronautics research to support U.S. commercial competitiveness and next generation technologies emphasizing environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

The Air Force Association Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition brings together Air Force leadership, industry experts, academia and aerospace specialists from around the world to discuss the issues and challenges facing America and the aerospace community.

For more information about NASA's plans for future human space exploration, visit

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