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THE BOEING COMPANY, DEFENSE & SPACE GROUP SELECTED AS THE NEW SPACE STATION PROGRAM'S PRIME CONTRACTOR

 HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin announced today that the Boeing Defense & Space Group has been selected as the prime contractor for the new space station program.
 Boeing will be responsible for the design, development, physical and analytical integration, test, delivery and launch of the space station vehicle. Additionally, the announcement said, Boeing will be responsible for one year of sustaining engineering following launch of each launch package, including the appropriate spares.
 Boeing also will be responsible for management and integration of the space station vehicle and will manage the subcontracts.
 In a responding statement, Jim Noblitt, vice president-general manager of the Defense & Space Group Missiles & Space Division, said: "The Boeing Company is honored by today's announcement that NASA has selected us to assume the role of prime contractor on the Space Station program. It is a task of immense importance to the nation, to the manned space program, and, I assure you, to Boeing.
 "We are also very pleased that NASA has selected a single center. We look forward to working with The Johnson Space Center in Houston. We have advocated for a streamlined management approach since the program restructuring was undertaken. We are confident it will help bring better focus to the effort, shortening lines of communication and decision-making, and clearly establishing performance expectations and management emphasis across the entire program.
 "As contractor for the pressurized crew elements of the Space Station, Boeing has of course been closely identified with the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. We are very proud of that partnership, and of the fact that our Space Station efforts to date have been on schedule, on budget, and technically sound. We expect to continue that productive partnership as we transition to the prime contractor role.
 "In that role we intend to build upon a partnership with the people of Houston that goes back to the space program's infancy. From Apollo-era integration programs, through decades of engineering support, to today's Houston-area work force which, among other things, is responsible for all the flight equipment aboard every space shuttle flight, our company has been an integral part of the JSC community. Our partners at Johnson know us, and we know them, very well. And we are confident of our ability to forge with them a forward-looking leadership team that will bring the Space Station off the drawing boards and test benches, and into orbit.
 "Boeing has been a steadfast supporter of the Space Station for many years, investing substantial resources in its completion because of our belief in the importance of the program to the competitiveness of our aerospace industry, its value to scientific research and development, and its ability to propel our nation forward -- inspiring our youth to prepare themselves for the high-tech jobs of tomorrow. We bring that commitment to our new role as prime contractor and to work diligently to deliver a successful Space Station program to our ultimate customer and the ultimate beneficiary of this effort, the American people.
 "We are prepared to move swiftly. Our contractor management plan is already nearing completion. While it would be premature to discuss that plan in detail today, I can tell you that we intend to employ some of the best commercial practices available -- such as the use of Integrated Product Teams -- in an effort that will be driven by the Boeing philosophy of Continuous Quality Improvement.
 "We appreciate this vote of confidence. The American people expect our best, and we will give it to them. We look forward to working with everyone on the Space Station team, from all sectors of NASA, its contractors, subcontractors, the international partners and the scientific community in this important effort."
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 /CONTACT: Jim Keller or Elliot Pulham of Boeing Missiles & Space Division Public Relations, 205-461-2803/
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