Florida Governor Orders Probe of Questionable Space Tourism Training Deal

Andrews project probed: Crist seeks inquiry into Project Odyssey director at institute
Pensacola News Journal

Gov. Charlie Crist has asked for an inspector general’s inquiry to see if the director of a new space-tourism medical program at the Andrews Institute got his job after setting up the $500,000 in state grants to create it.

Project Odyssey is funded with $250,000 from the governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development and $250,000 from Space Florida, the state’s public-private board to encourage aerospace industry.

Brice Harris, who oversees Project Odyssey for the Gulf Breeze institute, formerly oversaw those funds from OTTED. State ethics laws restrict state workers from going to work for companies on contracts they negotiate.

The Project Odyssey grant aims to get potential space tourists ready to handle the physical demands of launching into orbit. Andrews is a sports medicine center, which has ventured into cutting-edge space programs.

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