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Vest to Head Space Station Review Team

By Sarah Y. Keightley
News Editor

President Charles M. Vest will head the Space Station Design Review Panel, according to an announcement made yesterday by Vice President Al Gore.

The panel will assess various redesign options for a space station being developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's redesign team. It will propose recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness of NASA's space station program. In addition, it will help bring national space policy goals within budget constraints.

"The panel has only one goal -- to provide the federal government with an accurate assessment of the various options proposed by NASA's redesign team," Vest said. "This will include determining whether design objectives are met and providing critiques of the proposed management methodologies and cost projections."

The panel will be made up of government, industry, and academic experts with representation from across the country. The United States' international partners in the space station project are also being asked to participate.

Vest said he is going "to concentrate on completing the membership of the panel and preparing to get to work." He said that the panel members hope to begin meeting within the next few days.

"Dr. Vest brings extensive academic and management experience to the panel, and an unsurpassed understanding of the difficult issues facing the space station program," Gore said in a press release. "The panel's role will be critical to the nation's future in science and technology, and in maintaining a U.S. leadership role in space," he added.