Thursday, July 14, 2011

KSC Non-Profit to Manage ISS National Laboratory

ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter works with the Minus Eighty Degree Laboratory Freezer in the ISS Destiny laboratory. Photo source: NASA.

Florida Today reports that the KSC-based Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) will manage the U.S. national laboratory aboard the International Space Station.

The decision is a significant victory in local efforts to diversify the area's space operations beyond launching rockets as the shuttle program nears its end.

The $15 million organization won't employ many people but establishes the Space Coast as a gateway for space-based research that could attract additional resources.

More on CASIS at the Space Florida web site.

And lots more on the U.S. National Laboratory.

UPDATE July 16, 2011Aviation Week has more on who are the entities that comprise CASIS:

Partners in the project, which initially will be worth up to $15 million a year, include Boeing, Bionetics and Dynamic Corp. Space Florida is a state-backed economic development board focused on building and diversifying Florida’s aerospace businesses. Casis will be based at the Space Life Sciences Laboratory, adjacent to Kennedy Space Center.

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