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RUSSIAN SPACE STATION IS READY FOR AMERICAN COMMERCIAL PAYLOAD

 RUSSIAN SPACE STATION IS READY FOR AMERICAN COMMERCIAL PAYLOAD
 MOSCOW, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- NPO Energia today announced that final preparations were underway for the Jan. 24 launch of an American commercial project to the Russian space station.
 The pre-launch activities of the pharmaceutical research project of Payload Systems Inc. of Cambridge, Mass., have proceeded smoothly. This flight marks the second of six missions to MIR as part of an ongoing contract with NPO Energia.
 NPO Energia, the Russian organization which operates and controls the MIR, stated that everything is ready for the 5 kg pharmaceutical project. Dr. Yuri Semenov, general designer of NPO Energia, stated that "we are delighted to have the opportunity to work again with Payload Systems, Inc." And, added Semenov, "I am pleased to demonstrate to the international community that NPO Energia is open for business with the West."
 Scientists from Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe are conducting research through Payload Systems on this mission. In total, 23 different proteins will be grown with possible commercial applications.
 The crystals will be flown on a Russian Progress vehicle launched from the Republic of Kazakstan on Jan. 24. The crystals will grow in the unique environment of the MIR until March 24.
 Dr. Anthony Arrott, president of Payload Systems Inc., stated that "after the failed coup last August, Yuri Semenov deserves much credit for providing continuity and reliability to his commercial customers despite the tumultuous changes in the former Soviet Union."
 "NPO Energia can help lower the cost of doing business in space," believes Semenov. "Working with American corporations is a major objective of our space program today."
 NPO Energia is the lead Russian organization for manned space activities. It has conducted numerous commercial space ventures with the West, including those with the governments of France and Austria. U.S. customers have included Payload Systems and Coca-Cola, which flew a special "zero-gravity" soda can on the MIR space station this past fall.
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 /CONTACT: Chris Faranetta, international representative, NPO Energia, 609-921-0377; Boris Artemov of NPO Energia (Moscow), 516- 4652; or Anthony Arrott of Payload Systems, 617-868-8086/ CO: NPO Energia; Payload Systems Inc. ST: IN: ARO SU:


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