Florida Space Research Institute Signs Technology Contract with NASA


        CAPE CANAVERAL SPACEPORT, March 8, 2001 -- The Florida Space Research Institute (FSRI) and NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC), under a cooperative agreement signed last week, will collaborate on FSRI's Advanced Learning Environment (ALE) initiative, incorporating cutting-edge NASA and military web-based education and simulation technologies into a revolutionary new learning environment designed to prepare space industry scientists, engineers and technicians for tomorrow's technology challenges.
 
        "I see great synergy between Florida's simulation and space industries, both of which have been among the top high-tech enterprises in our state," said Florida Lt. Governor Frank Brogan.  "This program can leverage the strengths of each industry to solve training problems facing our state's most important high-tech economic sectors."
 
        Under the agreement, FSRI and NASA will develop, test and evaluate a prototype web-based "advanced distributed learning" environment for cryogenics engineering at KSC.  The project will involve the development of a consortium of public and private universities designed to support KSC's research, and will allow Florida's colleges and universities to incorporate these technologies to enhance their science and engineering education programs.
 
        "NASA is very excited about the potential outcome of this partnership with FRSI," said KSC Director Roy Bridges.  "We need a highly skilled workforce to accomplish our goals for space exploration and commerce, and this project will help us take a big step forward in learning technologies."
 
        The NASA agreement provides a $500,000 matching contribution to the second phase of FSRI's $1.4 million ALE contract with Workforce Florida, Inc.  The Workforce Florida contract, and NASA's participation in the program, resulted from an agreement signed by Lt. Governor Brogan and KSC Director Roy Bridges in September 2000.
 
        "Emerging technologies like 'advanced distributed learning' will revolutionize workforce education and training over the coming decades," said Curtis Austin, president and CEO of Workforce Florida.  "We view this project with NASA as a demonstration of what will be possible throughout the state's various industrial sectors."
 
        The Florida Space Research Institute was established by the state's Governor and Legislature to promote collaboration among the state's academic institutions, space-related companies, and federal space agencies to support statewide space-related education, training, research and technology development.
 
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