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, 2011 — Aviation 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.