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SPACE STATION FREEDOM WORK PACKAGE 1PASSES NASA'S CRITICAL DESIGN REVIEW

 HUNTSVILLE, Ala., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- An intense three-month critical design review (CDR) of the development of Space Station Freedom's Work Package 1 has been successfully completed by NASA, with the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and its prime contractor, Boeing Defense & Space Group, receiving approval for their work on the U.S. laboratory, and critical subsystems.
 The "acid test" of review and CDR approval is the most important milestone yet for the Work Package 1 effort, signifying a mature, ready- to-build space station design.
 The MSFC/Boeing design effort includes work on many elements considered the core of the space station. Included are the U.S. laboratory module, environmental control and life support system, internal electrical power and thermal control systems and flight software.
 The critical design review verified that the design of these space station elements will accomplish its mission. More than 6,000 documents and engineering drawings, and many thousands more stored on computer, were reviewed by hundreds of national and international experts. Fifteen review teams were involved in the CDR.
 More than 500 people from NASA's various field centers and contractor offices around the world came to Huntsville for the review. Also participating in the review were representatives from the other nations involved in the space station program, including those from Europe, Japan and Canada.
 A 25-member final review board approved the Work Package 1 designs. Included on the final review board were representatives from the other space station work packages, various NASA field centers and the international partners.
 "Everyone who contributed to the successful completion of our CDR is to be commended for their efforts. This is our most important milestone to date, and allows us to proceed with the manufacturing and test phases of the program," said George Hopson, space station project manager for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center who chaired the final review board.
 "The approval of our drawings and hardware data following the critical design review shows that our design is mature and that we now have a modular design which can be used with the existing space station configuration or many variations of it," said John Winch, Boeing vice president for the space station program.
 Winch said that the Work Package 1 elements also are adaptable to the designs of the international partners in the Space Station Freedom Program, including 13 nations in the European Space Agency, Japan and Canada.
 "We're thrilled the Work Package 1 passed the critical design review with flying colors and we are set to continue building the space station's actual flight hardware," Winch said.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Keller or Elliot Pulham of Boeing, 205-461-2805, or Mike Simmons of MSFC Public Affairs, 205-544-0034/


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