Jul 25 2002

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER AND ALABAMA PROJECTS

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today Appropriations 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:

$729 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.

$1.5 million - BIOLOGICAL CRYSTALLIZATION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
"The committee granted my request to provide additional funding for space station microgravity research," said Shelby. "Our bill provides an additional $1.5 million to support this important research and will help put important microgravity experiments on orbit."

$1 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.

$3 million - SCI-QUEST
Sen. Shelby said, "This appropriation will continue support for the Alabama Science Center. In addition, the funding will allow for the acquisition of additional exhibits and development of a communications integrated exhibit area."

$2 million - UAH PROPULSION TEST FACILITY
"The 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."