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August 18, 2016
NASA to hold Industry Day to discuss Universal Stage Adapter
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 15, 2016
NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will host an industry day on Aug. 17 to share information about a Draft Request for Proposal for the Space Launch System's (SLS) Universal Stage Adapter (USA). Media are invited to attend a press conference and ask questions at 1 p.m. peakers will include: + Janet Kavandi, center director, Glenn + Stephen Creech, acting director, Spacecraft and Payload Integration and Evolution Office, NASA's Marshall Spaceflight Center + Bryan Smith, director ... read more

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