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Highlights from IST                                                                       4th Quarter, 1999

Orange and Seminole counties team with UCF/IST on new Fire/Rescue/Training Facility

In a unique partnership between UCF and Orange and Seminole counties, fire fighters from both counties operate out of Central Florida’s newest fire station, located on the University of Central Florida campus. The fire rescue station opened in late summer. An adjacent high-tech training center, administered by the Institute for Simulation & Training (IST), began operation in October.

The facilities are at the intersection of McCulloch Road—UCF’s northern boundary and the dividing line between Orange and Seminole counties—and Orion Boulevard. 

Staffed by both counties, the fire/rescue station answers emergency calls to campus and surrounding areas.

New director selected to lead institute into next century

Dennis K. McBride comes to IST from the Office of Naval Research where he was Research Program Officer, Aviation Medicine and Human Performance Program, Medical Science & Technology Division Office of Naval Research. He was responsible for programs adding up to $30 million annually.

Following the conferment of his first Ph.D., in experimental psychology and learning theory from the University of Georgia, Dr. McBride completed Navy Flight Surgeon School and Navy basic flight training. He subsequently was designated a Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychologist and served at five Navy laboratories, principally in human performance research and development and flight test of tactical aircraft and systems. He graduated from the Navy flight test engineering training program and was selected by the Navy as a NASA astronaut candidate. He also served as science advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (C4I).

Vision Spaceport Team develops models for future generation shuttle launches

NASA began the Vision Spaceport Project at Kennedy Space Center to help create reliable and affordable access to space.

The project is a five-year partnership formed to evaluate concepts for a new spaceport facility. It combines the expertise and resources of IST, NASA (Kennedy Space Center and Ames Research Center) and industry (Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Command and Control Technologies, Science Applications International Corporation and Quantum Technologies Services International).

Coming up with real-world, bottom line figures for a future spaceport whose space vehicles do not yet exist is no small task. Literally thousands of variables need to be considered.

The best solutions will combine initial investment, cost of annual operation, cost per pound to launch a vehicle, cost per flight, number of flights per year... 

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