Sep 04 2003

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER AND ALABAMA PROJECTS

Appropriations Committee Passes VA-HUD Appropriations Bill

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations committee, announced today committee approval of funding requests for Marshall Space Flight Center and other North Alabama projects in the VA, HUD Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2004. 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 programs were funded by the committee:

$1.065 billion - SPACE LAUNCH INITIATIVE
"The SLI program is very important to NASA and Marshall Space Flight Center," said Shelby. "This bill fully funds the Orbital Space Plane (OSP) and the Next Generation Launch Technology (NGLT) 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."

$3.968 billion - SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM
Sen. Shelby said, "In the aftermath of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) Report, I am pleased that we have fully funded the Space Shuttle Program for fiscal year 2004. The committee remains strongly supportive of the shuttle program and helping NASA return to flight operations."

$2.5 million - PROPULSION MATERIALS MICROGRAVITY RESEARCH PROJECT
"The committee granted my request to provide additional funding for propulsion microgravity research," said Shelby. "The bill provides an additional $2.5 million to support this important research and will help put important microgravity experiments on orbit."

$2 million - UAH CENTER FOR MODELING SIMULATION AND ANALYSIS
Sen. Shelby said,"This funding will allow the University of Alabama at Huntsville to do significant work in immersive virtual environments for design, training and analysis that are being used in numerous military and commercial applications. I am pleased to announce that the committee has shown strong support for this request."