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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 595-94
October 20, 1994

AIR FORCE AWARDS DUAL-USE SPACE GRANTS

Air Force officials announced eight grants today, totaling $10 million, in conjunction with the 1994 Dual-Use Launch Facility Grant Program. Congress began this program in 1993 to develop dual-use space launch facilities to meet both Department of Defense and commercial space launch requirements. Grant recipients are:

Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska, $750,000

American Rocket Company, Ventura, Calif., $326,000

Astrotech, Silver Spring, Md., $1.1 million

Moonspace Corporation, Lompoc, Calif., $267,000

Practical Innovations, Woodbridge, Va., $980,000

Spaceport Florida Authority, Cocoa Beach, Fla., $2.74 million

State of New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M. $750,000

Western Commercial Space Center, Lompoc, Calif., $3 million

Eligible projects include technical studies that define how new or enhanced DOD space launch facilities hardware, software, or operations processes can best meet the needs of the U.S. commercial space launch industry; engineering and designing of such space launch facilities hardware, software or operations processes; and construction or improvement of space launch facilities within the United States. Grants contribute up to 75 percent a project's total proposed cost. Six grants totaling $10 million were awarded under this program in 1993.

The Dual-Use Launch Facility Grant Program provides initial startup funds for space launch projects which ultimately will support the President's National Space Transportation Policy commitment to encouraging a viable commercial U.S. space transportation industry, as well as defense conversion efforts and the exploitation of dual-use technologies.

For more information contact the Space & Missile Systems Center Public Affairs Office (310) 363-0030.