Florida Space Research Institute Plan Advances in Legislature

Florida Space Transportation Institute Bill Passes Council

The Florida House Economic Development and Community Affairs Policy Council unanimously passed this week a bill to help keep Florida at the forefront of cutting edge space technology. That bill is co-sponsored by State Representative Dorothy L. Hukill (R-Port Orange) and Senator Evelyn Lynn (R-District 7).

House Bill 69 creates a multiuniversity institute that would provide research and development of new space technologies. As ANN reported earlier this month, the proposed Space Transportation Research & Development Institute (STRDI) will partner with the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, and other federal agencies in pioneering new space transportation technology.

STRDI will also work closely with academic institutions throughout the state, including Embry-Riddle, to provide groundbreaking research.

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Bill puts ERAU in charge of saving space jobs
East Volusia News

WHAT IT WOULD DO: Embry-Riddle would lead a Space Transportation Research & Development Institute that eventually would seek to be sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration as a center regulating and promoting the emerging commercial space transportation sector. Other schools, including the University of Central Florida, have signed on as potential partners.

“This gives them the strength and stature to go after this, and if this happens under this umbrella, it’s good for the state of Florida and good for the other universities that partner with Embry-Riddle,” said Dan Holsenbeck, vice president of university relations at UCF.

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