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
        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.
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
        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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Edward L. Ellegood
Spaceport Florida Authority
100 Spaceport Way
Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920
Phone: 321-730-5301; Fax: 321-730-5307; Cell: 321-698-9101