Space Florida PR – Kennedy Space Center, Fla – The Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has been selected to manage the International Space Station US National Laboratory (ISS-NL) and maximize utilization of the orbiting outpost for scientific and technological research and development and the advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Spearheaded by Space Florida, CASIS is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that will include a consortium of current and future users of the ISS National Lab, including universities and other educational organizations, R&D entities and industry. CASIS will manage the non-NASA scientific research, technology development and STEM education activities on ISS from its headquarters at the Space Life Sciences Lab at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with broad reach throughout the nation.
Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll (also the chair of Space Florida’s Board of Directors) heralded the selection of CASIS as a key enabler of vital new partnerships and growth in the emerging space economy of Florida and the nation.
“CASIS is a perfect fit with the state’s strategy to support the space, science and technology industries through strategic collaboration and partnerships,” Lt. Gov. Carroll said. “By making the space environment more widely accessible to industrial and academic research, the ISS National Lab will help strengthen and diversify the U.S. economy and inspire the next generation.”
“The selection of CASIS – a non-profit organization – to manage ISS utilization is a great decision for the nation,” said Space Florida President Frank DiBello. “NASA has shown tremendous leadership in making this selection, as the CASIS team has already secured the interest of a very strong group of aerospace companies, research entities and higher education institutions interested in utilization of the orbiting lab. Working with these entities, CASIS will be dedicated to maximizing return on investment for the taxpayer on ISS.”
The ISS is a unique, microgravity research environment that cannot be replicated on Earth. The facility also offers a broad spectrum of extreme conditions and a unique vantage point in low-Earth orbit. Per the 2010 NASA Authorization Act, the U.S. Congress determined that at least 50 percent of the U.S. accommodations aboard the ISS be deemed a “national laboratory” for use by other government agencies, academic institutions and private firms.