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Sonja Alexander
Headquarters, Washington, DC             September 17, 1998
(Phone:  202/358-1761)

RELEASE:  98-169


NASA will recognize three minority contractors Sept. 23 for their exceptional contributions to the nation's space program.

Awards are given annually to minority contractors and subcontractors who have demonstrated significant support of NASA's initiatives.

Symtech Corporation, Alexandria, VA, NASA's minority contractor of the year, made it possible to present real time data from the Lunar Prospector on the Internet, for the first time ever from a spacecraft. The web site received over 75 million "hits" from around the world. Symtech was nominated by NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. The corporation was founded in 1991 by Mr. Seymour Metters, III.

Stanford Mu Corporation, Harbor City, CA, minority subcontractor awardee, designed and developed special pressure regulator components for the Cassini spacecraft's propulsion module subsystem; Mars Global Surveyor; the Mars Surveyor 1998 Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander. The Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander are scheduled for launch in December 1998 and January 1999, respectively. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, CO, nominated the six-year old corporation.

Dynamac Corporation, Rockville, MD, which won the Women-Owned Small Business of the Year award, was nominated by NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL. This is the first year that NASA has included the category for a women-owned small business award. Dynamac provides technical support for Kennedy's biological research and environmental monitoring programs, life science flight experiments, biomedical operations and Agencywide occupational health programs. Dynamac was founded in 1970 by Diana MacArthur, CEO.

NASA will honor the three companies on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, at 2:30 p.m. EST in the NASA Headquarters Auditorium, 300 E St. SW, Washington, DC.

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