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Kyle Herring/Debra Rahn
Headquarters, Washington          December 6, 2002
(Phone: 202/358-1874/1638)
     The leaders of the five space agencies that are 
International Partners in the International Space Station met 
Friday in Tokyo and concluded work on the 2002 Program Action 
"This is a significant step forward in our objective to 
develop a unique science and research laboratory for 
breakthrough opportunities never before achieved. As we 
transition from the engineering and construction phase of the 
International Space Station to that of a prominent science 
platform, the process the Partnership agreed to today will 
help move us to that objective over the next 12 to 18 
months," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. "This is 
truly a testimonial to the achievements that can be 
accomplished through international cooperation," he added.
The Program Action Plan was adopted by the Partnership at the 
Heads of Agency meeting held in Paris in June 2002. The 
Program Action Plan provided the framework for the 
Partnership's efforts, over the past six months, to develop 
an option path to meet Station use and resource requirements 
and to develop a proposed process for selecting a 
configuration option beyond the accommodation of remaining 
International Partner elements. 
In a lengthy and complex series of discussions and 
evaluations, the Partnership successfully implemented every 
item of the Program Action Plan on schedule. As a result, the 
Station Heads of Agency unanimously agreed to endorse an 
option path that enables maximum Space Station usage during 
the 2006-2007 timeframe. The plan calls for greater use of 
Station research elements, and the Partners also agreed on a 
process for selecting a Space Station configuration beyond 
the accommodation of the remaining International Partner 
elements. This process includes further technical and 
programmatic assessment, cost estimation, and internal 
budgetary reviews by each partner.  
In accordance with the newly agreed "ISS Program Action Plan 
for Selection of An ISS Configuration," the Heads of Agency 
will reconvene in summer 2003 in Moscow to select a revised 
Station configuration option. They will meet next winter in 
Washington to agree on a Station configuration.
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe chaired Friday's meeting with 
Dr. Marc Garneau, President of the Canadian Space Agency; 
Antonio Rodota, Director General of the European Space 
Agency; Yuri Nikolayevich Koptev, General Director of the 
Russian Aviation and Space Agency; and Shuichiro Yamanouchi, 
President of the National Space Development Agency of Japan. 
Yamanouchi served as the host of this Heads of Agency 
ISS Heads of Agency Joint Statement
Space agency leaders from the United States, Europe, Canada, 
Japan and Russia met in Tokyo, Japan, December 6, 2002, to 
review and further promote International Space Station (ISS) 
cooperation. The meeting participants reviewed in detail the 
significant progress that has been made in the development 
and deployment of the ISS elements and in the implementation 
of the ISS Program Action Plan adopted at the last Heads of 
Agency meeting in June 2002. This Plan provided the framework 
for the Partnership's efforts over the last six months to 
select an option path to meet the utilization and resource 
requirements of the ISS.  
At this meeting, the participants unanimously endorsed an 
option path that enables maximized ISS utilization in the 
2006/2007 timeframe through greater use of ISS research 
elements. The implementation of an expanded scientific 
program on ISS would be supported by phased growth of ISS 
capabilities, significantly increased quantity of permanent 
crew, with crew rescue initially provided by additional Soyuz 
crew rescue vehicles and eventually by both Soyuz and Orbital 
Space Plane. Additional Space Shuttle, and other vehicle 
support would also enhance this unique on-orbit research 
facility. The participants also agreed upon a process for 
selecting an ISS configuration beyond the accommodation of 
the remaining International Partner elements. This process 
includes further technical and programmatic assessment, cost 
estimation, and internal budgetary reviews by each partner. 
It will lead to approval of a configuration option 
recommendation in March 2003, the selection of a revised ISS 
configuration option by June/July 2003, and agreement on a 
configuration by December 2003.
The Partners noted with great enthusiasm the continuing 
success of ISS assembly activities and confirmed that 
development of the remaining ISS elements is proceeding as 
planned. They look forward to successful accommodation of key 
ISS partner elements by February 2004 that allows the 
accommodation of remaining partner ISS utilization and 
infrastructure elements. This will enable improved scientific 
and technological capabilities in the 2006/2007 timeframe.
They also highlighted the third year of permanent human 
presence and research on board the ISS and the recent 
successful launch of the ISS Expedition Six crew. This crew 
will concentrate on assembly tasks and the conduct of 
essential scientific research on behalf of all of the ISS 
Partners to improve life on Earth while exploring the 
frontier of space. The Partners look forward to increasing 
tangible benefits of this unprecedented international 
cooperation as the Partnership proceeds with assembly, and 
increased utilization of, this world-class research facility. 

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