SPACEHAB Ready to Meet Space Station Resupply Needs Following Docking of Space Station Service Module.
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 26, 2000
SPACEHAB, Inc. (NASDAQ/NMS: SPAB), a leading provider of commercial space services, congratulates the International Space Station (ISS) partners and RSC Energia on the successful docking of the Russian service module, Zvezda ("Star"), with the ISS earlier today.
The addition of this third module to the ISS, enabling continuous habitation, is expected to increase demand for space station resupply. The first crew assigned to the ISS is scheduled to launch October 30 on a Russian Soyuz rocket. SPACEHAB, a pioneer and the industry leader in space logistics, is prepared to meet the needs of space station partners and users for transporting pressurized and unpressurized cargo throughout ISS assembly and operations.
"We applaud the Russian Aviation and Space Agency for Zvezda's outstanding performance, and we commend the ISS partners for their commitment to completing the space station," said SPACEHAB Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Shelley A. Harrison after the docking. "SPACEHAB is pleased to play a part in this endeavor of establishing a permanent human presence in space."
"We also congratulate our partner, RSC Energia, on Zvezda's success," said SPACEHAB President David A. Rossi, "and we look forward to serving an expanding market for space station utilization." In addition to supporting space station resupply missions, SPACEHAB is building its own commercial space station habitat module, Enterprise(TM), in partnership with Energia. To be launched in early 2003, Enterprise(TM) will be attached to the Russian side of the ISS and outfitted with a broadcasting studio as well as laboratory and stowage facilities. SPACEHAB subsidiary Space Media(TM), Inc., is developing plans for TV and Internet content production and distribution from Enterprise(TM).
In September, SPACEHAB will embark upon its third resupply mission to the ISS, aboard the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) Space Shuttle Atlantis. For this mission (STS-106), the company is providing a pressurized Logistics Double Module (LDM), an unpressurized Integrated Cargo Carrier (ICC), and a SPACEHAB Oceaneering Space Systems (SHOSS) box to carry critical equipment and supplies to the ISS. SPACEHAB flew these same carriers on NASA's second ISS resupply mission in May. Last week the crew of STS-106 visited SPACEHAB's Payload Processing Facility (SPPF) near NASA's Kennedy Space Center to review cargo packing and stowage arrangements on the LDM. The astronauts also completed LDM activation-deactivation and cargo-transfer training at the SPPF. SPACEHAB completed its own internal readiness reviews for the ICC on July 25 and for the LDM today.
SPACEHAB is also supporting ISS assembly and operations by providing astronaut training at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Earlier this year, SPACEHAB's Engineering Services unit delivered a crucial space-station-construction training device that it built for NASA. Astronauts are using this Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) trainer - a 55.5-foot-long, seven-jointed, robotic arm - in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) to prepare for space station assembly tasks. SPACEHAB manages the NBL for NASA. (To see pictures of the SSRMS trainer in operation at the NBL, see: http://www.spacehab.com/ssrms.)
SPACEHAB supported seven successful resupply missions to the Russian space station Mir preceding the commencement of ISS assembly. On these Mir resupply missions, NASA used SPACEHAB's pressurized logistics modules to transport food, computers, instrumentation and other critical supplies. Building on this experience, SPACEHAB developed the ICC and SHOSS box, unpressurized carriers that can transport thousands of pounds of equipment for use outside the ISS.
SPACEHAB can load important cargo into its modules and carriers even after they are installed in the Shuttle's cargo bay and the Shuttle is on the launch pad, a valuable service that gives the ISS partners greater flexibility in completing cargo manifests for assembly and resupply missions. SPACEHAB anticipates supporting at least three resupply missions a year to the ISS and at least one Shuttle research mission a year (with its Research Double Module) in the space station era.
Founded in 1984 and with more than $100 million in annual revenue, SPACEHAB is a leading provider of commercial space services. SPACEHAB is the first company to commercially develop, own and operate habitable modules that provide laboratory facilities and logistics resupply aboard NASA's Space Shuttles. The company also supports astronaut training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas and provides commercial satellite processing services for Boeing's Delta and Lockheed Martin's Atlas launch vehicles near Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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Note: The ISS is visible in the night sky, depending on location and atmospheric conditions. For information on ISS sighting opportunities, see: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/sighttext/iss_index.html.