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Johnson Engineering Finalist for NASA Contract Estimated at $100 Million

Houston (September 24, 2002) – SPACEHAB, Inc. (NASDAQ/NMS: SPAB), a leading provider of commercial space services, today announced that its Johnson Engineering subsidiary made the competitive range as a finalist in the re-compete of NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory/Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (NBL/SVMF) Contract. The Company has additionally submitted a separate proposal in support of NASA’s ten-year contract for Bioastronautics support.

Johnson Engineering (JE) currently manages the NASA contract for facility operations and maintenance of the NBL and SVMF, both complex facilities used by NASA to support astronaut activities at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). NASA recently extended the period of performance by exercising contract options bringing the total value of the 2002 extension to $23.2 million and the total value of the contract from May 1993 through December 2002 to $391.3 million. JE has submitted a proposal to continue management of this effort and received word last week from NASA that JE is a finalist in the selection process and has been asked to now submit its final proposal revision.

NASA also released the bioastronautics solicitation that efficiently consolidates activities from six existing contracts designed to support the Space and Life Sciences Directorate at JSC. The scope of work for this effort includes clinical laboratory management, biotechnology development, biomedical engineering, and flight hardware fabrication in support of Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs. The ten-year contract value is estimated at approximately $400 million.

“Our team presents a high value approach to satisfying NASA’s bioastronautics requirements and represents a balanced combination of engineering, medical, and facility management expertise to meet the space agency’s biomedical research, space medicine, and human factor needs,” said JE’s Bioastronautics Program Manager and former astronaut, Karol “Bo” Bobko.

In support of the bioastronautics contract Johnson Engineering, a NASA contractor of excellence for over 30 years specializing in engineering support services, formed a strategic partnership with medical service provider Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, a premier integrated outpatient clinic that has supported the NASA community for nearly four decades. Both companies are prominent within the NASA community with reputations for excellence in technical management services.

“We are excited about supporting Johnson Engineering and NASA on this effort,” said Kelsey-Seybold Medical Director of Clinic Operations, Dr. Jim Hoyle. “Our strong contingent of award winning expertise offers a well-blended team strategically poised to support the JSC Office of Bioastronautics.”

JE’s bioastronautics teaming alliance also includes area companies: Tietronix Software, for information technology solutions; MTS Global, providing project planning, management, and systems engineering; and Newtrition, for specialty food products designed specifically for astronauts.

With more than $100 million in annual revenue, SPACEHAB, Inc. is a leading provider of commercial space services. The Company develops, owns, and operates habitat and laboratory modules and cargo carriers aboard NASA’s Space Shuttles. Its Johnson Engineering subsidiary provides orbiter crew compartment integration, ISS stowage and configuration management, supports astronaut training, and builds space-flight mockup trainers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. SPACEHAB’s Astrotech subsidiary provides commercial satellite processing services at facilities in California and Florida. Additionally, through The Space Store, Space Media provides space merchandise to the public and space enthusiasts worldwide (

This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, whether the company will fully realize the economic benefits under its NASA and other customer contracts, the timing and mix of Space Shuttle missions, the successful development and commercialization of new space assets, technological difficulties, product demand, timing of new contracts, launches and business, market acceptance risks, the effect of economic conditions, uncertainty in government funding, the impact of competition, and other risks detailed in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center. More than 850 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 40 locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 65+ medical specialties. The organization operates the largest freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center in the state of Texas and offers state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam and Varian Edge radiation therapy technology at a nationally accredited Cancer Center. An accredited Sleep Center, comprehensive laboratory services, advanced imaging and diagnostics, 24 onsite Kelsey pharmacies and one specialty pharmacy, and MyKelseyOnline, a secure web portal, are part of its comprehensive offerings. Kelsey-Seybold partners with major insurers to offer value-based commercial health plans. KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan offered to Houston-area beneficiaries and affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, has achieved the coveted 5-out-of-5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for eight consecutive years.

Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center and Endoscopy Center.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic achieved a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 91. NPS is the global standard for measuring customer loyalty and satisfaction. An NPS score of 70 or higher is considered by industry experts to be "world class" and an indicator of overwhelming customer loyalty.

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