Feb 13 2003

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER AND ALABAMA PROJECTS

Conference Committee Approves Funding–House and Senate Scheduled to Approve Funding Soon

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced funding for several projects at Marshall Space Flight Center and other North Alabama projects in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2003. The bill includes funding for several Alabama-related projects at the request of Senator Shelby.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that my colleagues recognized the merits of my funding requests."

The following programs, were funded by the conference committee:

$839 million - SPACE LAUNCH INITIATIVE

"The SLI program is very important to NASA and Marshall Space Flight Center," said Shelby. "This SLI funding will support the Orbital Space Plane and the Next Generation Launch Technology programs. I am pleased that Marshall Space Flight Center will play a central role in these programs. The outstanding work done in Huntsville to research, develop and integrate new space transportation technologies and propulsion systems will help NASA improve safety and reduce costs associated with access to space.”

$50 million - SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM AND COLUMBIA INVESTIGATION

“In the aftermath of the Columbia tragedy, I am pleased that we have fully funded the Space Shuttle Program for fiscal year 2003 and added $50 million to provide the necessary resources to complete the investigation that is currently underway.”

$1.35 million - BIOLOGICAL CRYSTALLIZATION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

"The committee granted my request to provide additional funding for space station microgravity research," said Shelby. "The bill provides an additional $1.35 million to support this important research and will help put important microgravity experiments on orbit."

$2.7 million - SCI-QUEST

Sen. Shelby said, "This appropriation will continue support for the North Alabama Science Center in Huntsville, Alabama for the acquisition, networking, and operation of additional immersive reality science laboratories on behalf of the Alabama Science Center Alliance to assure statewide science education program access by Alabama’s K-12 students and teachers.”

$4.5 million - UAH PROPULSION TEST FACILITY

"This funding will allow the University of Alabama at Huntsville to do significant work on Reusable Launch Vehicle Propulsion System Technology. I am pleased to announce that the committee has shown strong support for this request."