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Spacehab Providing Cargo Services on July Space Station Mission

By SpaceRef Editor
April 26, 2005
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Spacehab Providing Cargo Services on July Space Station Mission

STS-121 Astronaut Crew Undergoes Hardware Training at SPACEHAB Headquarters

Houston, Texas, April 26, 2005 – SPACEHAB, Incorporated (NASDAQ/NMS: SPAB), a leading provider of commercial space services, announced today that SPACEHAB hardware, commercially developed and now destined for the International Space Station (ISS), has successfully passed the final STS-121 astronaut review.

As SPACEHAB is providing its Integrated Cargo Carrier (ICC) system on the STS-121 mission scheduled for mid-July, the Company was also requested to design and fabricate a custom mounting plate, or Flight Support Equipment (FSE), which would enable two pieces of critical hardware to be attached to SPACEHAB’s ICC for transfer to the ISS for their future use.

Several crew members of the STS-121 mission will be conducting Extra Vehicular Activities (EVAs), or ‘space walks’, to transfer the hardware from Atlantis’ payload bay to the ISS. These astronauts visited SPACEHAB Headquarters today for a training session on the flight hardware components. Mission Specialist Piers Sellers and Mission Specialist Michael Fossom inspected the flight unit and then simulated the maneuvers they will perform to remove the critical hardware from the FSE while on orbit.

A more comprehensive training exercise was successfully completed in February when the same crewmembers performed these and other STS-121 EVA maneuvers while submerged in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, NASA’s large training pool that replicates the weightlessness of space. SPACEHAB also designed and fabricated the FSE training units that were used for these underwater EVA simulations.

And on this, NASA’s eighteenth mission to the ISS and SPACEHAB’s seventh, the Company has yet another hardware payload manifested for flight – the deployable SHOSS Box. Carrying spare parts, this spacious stowage box will also be transferred to the ISS during the 11-day mission. On April 21, crewmembers visited the SPACEHAB Payload Processing Facility in Florida for their first look at the SHOSS Box mounted atop the ICC. The astronauts are scheduled to return one last time in mid-May to perform their final walk-down of all of the hardware integrated onto the ICC.

About SPACEHAB, Incorporated

SPACEHAB, Incorporated ( 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 (

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.

Photo Caption: STS-121 astronauts Piers Sellers and Michael Fossom (at left) practice space station hardware installation maneuvers with the guidance of SPACEHAB’s Dave Hamilton and Mark Rowley.


Kimberly Campbell
Vice President
Corporate Marketing and Communications

SpaceRef staff editor.