Nov 06 2001

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPROVAL FOR MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER AND NORTH ALABAMA PROJECTS

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today Conference Committee approval of funding requests for Marshall Space Flight Center and other North Alabama projects. The Committee approved 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 project requests, were funded by the Committee:

$338 million - SPACE STATION RESEARCH
"The Committee granted my request to provide additional funding for space station microgravity research," said Shelby. "Our bill provides a total of $714.3 million for biological and physical research and this space station research funding will help put important microgravity experiments on orbit."

$3 million - U.S. SPACE AND ROCKET CENTER, EDUCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER
"This construction of an educational training center is very important to the space program. This new facility will also serve Marshall Space Flight Center and the United States Aviation and Missile Command," said Shelby.

$465 million - SPACE LAUNCH INITIATIVE (SLI)
"This project is very important to me and to the space program," said Shelby. "Securing full funding for this project has been a top priority. The work done at Marshall Space Flight Center to develop new space transportation and propulsion systems will lower the cost of going to space.

$425 million - SHUTTLE SAFETY UPGRADES
"These funds will allow NASA to improve the safety and reliability of the Shuttle orbiters. The Shuttle remains the cornerstone of our Nation's heavy launch capability and is critical to the future of the Space Station and scientific research," said Shelby.

$2.925 million - SCI-QUEST
Sen. Shelby said, "This appropriation will support the establishment of a super physics laboratory at the North Alabama Science Center. In addition, the funding will allow for the acquisition of additional exhibits and development of a communications integrated exhibit area."

$22 million - PROPULSION RESEARCH LABORATORY (PRL)
"The continued construction of the Propulsion Research Laboratory at Marshall Space Flight Center was a high priority of mine. I am pleased to announce that the Conference Committee has shown strong support for this state-of-the-art facility."