Jun 05 2006

SHELBY ANNOUNCES MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER TO TAKE OVER NEW PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has assigned project management responsibility for the new Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) and Cargo Launch Vehicle (CaLV) to Marshall Space Flight Center. The CLV and CaLV are both critical to our nation’s space exploration plans.

“I am pleased that NASA has assigned management of the CLV and CaLV to Marshall Space Flight Center,” said Senator Shelby. “From the time of Dr. Von Braun to today’s announcement, Marshall has always been at the forefront of our nation’s space exploration efforts, and I am certain that it is the best place to handle these important and groundbreaking projects.”

“Marshall Space Flight Center has been asked by NASA Headquarters to play a significant role in the agency’s exploration effort that will take astronauts to the moon, Mars, and beyond,” said David King, Director of Marshall Space Flight Center. “This is indeed an exciting time for NASA and the Marshall Center. We have teams in place to perform these functions and are already making good progress. I couldn’t be more positive about the Vision for Space Exploration and the roles Marshall Space Flight Center will play in it. We have huge challenges ahead, and that is just the way we like it.”

Marshall will be responsible for achieving all CLV and CaLV objectives for the agency. In addition, Marshall will lead associated systems engineering and integration activities, all CLV and CaLV safety and mission assurance activities, upper stage design, development, and testing, and evaluation activities. Marshall will also conduct development flight test and other flight demonstrations, among other significant responsibilities.