Press Release

Spacehab Earns Coveted AS9100 Distinction

By SpaceRef Editor
March 3, 2005
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Aerospace Company Among Elite to Receive Supplemental Certification

Houston, Texas, March 3, 2005 – SPACEHAB, Incorporated (NASDAQ/NMS: SPAB), a leading provider of commercial space services, announced today that the Company has received its AS9100 certification, the aerospace sector’s leading quality management system registration.

The AS9100 certification calls for increases in metrics evaluation, which ultimately create a closed-looped environment, perpetuating self-analysis and continued improvement. Earning this designation exemplifies not only SPACEHAB’s commitment to providing its customers with exemplary services and products, but also illustrates that, as an aerospace company, it has met the critical demands the industry is placing on manufacturing processes.

AIB Vinçotte, one of the registering authorities for such designations, sent their Belgian-based executives, led by Chairman of the Board Prof. IR. Pierre Klees, to present a plaque to SPACEHAB President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael E. Kearney. “Earning this certification is a direct result of our employees’ enthusiasm and assiduousness,” said Kearney. “Our team is among the finest in the industry, and we take great pride in knowing that we have passed the highest level of aerospace manufacturing and quality management system requirements.”

Published by the Society for Automotive Engineers, AS9100 is based on ISO 9001 and adds specific requirements that are critical for the aerospace sector. “We are extremely pleased to award SPACEHAB with the AS9100 certificate,” explains Jim Dugal Executive President, AIB Vinçotte USA. “The AS9100 accreditation was established to standardize worldwide aerospace quality expectations and to achieve significant cost and value improvements. SPACEHAB should be commended for achieving this level of service excellence.”

Benefits associated with becoming AS9100 certified include providing access to the best practices of the aerospace industry, demonstrating commitment to delivering quality products and services to customers, bringing quality management system to a level with the global standards adopted by the aerospace industry, and reducing the number of second and third party audits. Additionally, achieving the AS9100 designation affords SPACEHAB the opportunity to pursue business opportunities, such as support to the Nation’s Vision for Space Exploration, and contracts otherwise inaccessible to non-AS9100 accredited companies.

About SPACEHAB, Incorporated

SPACEHAB, Incorporated (www.spacehab.com) is a leading provider of commercial and government space services with three primary business units. The Flight Services business unit develops, owns, and operates habitat and laboratory modules and cargo carriers aboard NASA’s Space Shuttles for Space Station resupply and research purposes. SPACEHAB’s Astrotech subsidiary provides payload processing support services for both commercial and government customers at company-owned facilities in Florida and California. The Company’s Government Services business unit supports NASA’s Johnson Space Center providing configuration management, product engineering, and support services for both the Space Station and Space Shuttle programs. Additionally, through The Space Store, Space Media provides space merchandise to the public and space enthusiasts worldwide (www.thespacestore.com).

The statements in this document may contain forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, trends, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from the forward-looking statement. These factors include, but are not limited to, continued government support and funding for key space programs, product performance and market acceptance of products and services, as well as other risk factors and business considerations described in the company’s Securities & Exchange Commission filings including the annual report on Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statements in this document should be evaluated in light of these important risk factors. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Kimberly Campbell

Vice President

Corporate Marketing and Communications

SPACEHAB, Inc.

713.558.5049

campbell@spacehab.com

SpaceRef staff editor.