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BOSE SPEAKERS CHOSEN FOR ENDEAVOUR AND ALL FUTURE SPACE SHUTTLES

 BOSE SPEAKERS CHOSEN FOR ENDEAVOUR AND ALL FUTURE SPACE SHUTTLES
 FRAMINGHAM, Mass., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA has chosen a specially designed Bose speaker to serve a key function in a new space shuttle communication system set to make its debut in the upcoming Endeavour mission. Astronauts will use the system to remain in touch with ground control, and with each other during spacewalk and satellite repair activities. In addition to carrying voice communications, the system will also be used to convey any necessary alarm, caution, warning and emergency signals.
 The system combines two speakers and a microphone in a single housing. The speakers built into the unit are based on the company's popular Acoustimass-5 Series II speaker system.
 NASA determined that the speaker used in previous shuttle missions did not provide the clear, crisp sound necessary for important exchanges between astronauts and ground control. This is especially important concern in missions such as the Endeavour's, which is to include a great deal of critical extra-vehicular activity.
 NASA engineers approached Bose after hearing the Acoustimass-5 which has been widely acclaimed for the natural, accurate sound its compact speakers are able to reproduce. Bose's engineering department then provided NASA with numerous samples of Bose speakers that could withstand the rigors of space travel while delivering superior audio performance, and proceeded to work with NASA in customizing the speakers for the shuttle application.
 Each spacecraft uses two speaker units, each of which measures roughly six inches by five inches by five inches. One is positioned on the flight deck, where astronauts control the orbiter and have a clear view of space, and the other is located mid-deck, where astronauts conduct experiments, eat meals and sleep.
 In addition to the Endeavour, all future space shuttles will incorporate the systems, and all existing NASA spacecraft are to be retrofitted with them.
 "We are very proud that NASA has selected Bose speakers and has recognized our unique ability to provide the quality sound system required for upcoming missions," said Sherwin Greenblatt, president of Bose Corporation.
 "Not only does accurate, reliable reproduction of sound contribute to people's enjoyment of music, but in this case, it plays a central role in ensuring the safety of our astronauts," he added. "Everyone at Bose Corporation is thrilled to be able to make this contribution."
 Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Dr. Amar G. Bose. Today, Bose is one of the best known names in the world of audio equipment. Bose high fidelity loudspeakers are the best selling in the United States, Japan, Europe, Australia and Canada. In addition to NASA space shuttles, Bose speakers can be found in vehicles made by Acura, Audi, General Motors, Honda, Infiniti, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan.
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