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Florida Space Research Institute Off the Ground

October 29, 1999

The Florida legislature recently approved legislation creating the Florida Space Research Institute (FSRI), an independent, industry-led organization designed to coordinate the space-related research capabilities of several public and private universities. FSRI will strive to expand the universities’ involvement in space research and education, and to insure that state academic resources are available to support the space-related needs of industry, NASA, and the military.

The seven-member board, which includes representatives of Enterprise Florida, the Spaceport Florida Authority, the Florida Space Business Roundtable, the Florida Aviaiton Aerospace Alliance, Bionetics, Command & Control Technologies, and Boeing, held its first board meetings in early October.

In the near term, FSRI will help to administer $200,000 in Spaceport Authority funds to match NASA grants to Florida universities and colleges. The institute will also support a partnership between NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Florida universities to develop a biotechnology and microgravity payload facility at Kennedy.

For more information on FSRI, contact the Spaceport Florida Authority at http://www.spaceportflorida.com/index.html