NCS News Desk

US Space Command headquarters coming to Huntsville, Alabama (by Lee Roop)

Posted on January 13, 2021 in Uncategorized, The Air Force has selected the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., as its preferred location for the headquarters of its new Space Command, Gov. Kay Ivey and U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said today. “Alabama has been selected for the United States Space Command Headquarters,” Ivey’s office said. “In late December, Gov. Ivey joined […]

AEgis Technologies Group to Join the Formation of BlueHalo in Combination with Applied Technology Associates and Brilligent Solutions

Posted on January 12, 2021 in Uncategorized,

HUNSTVILLE, Ala., Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — AEgis Technologies Group (“AEgis”) today announced it’s joining the formation of BlueHalo (the “Company”), a leading provider of advanced engineering solutions and technology to the national security community. BlueHalo, an Arlington Capital Partners portfolio company, was formed through the combination of AEgis Technologies including its previously integrated acquisitions Excivity and […]

UAVs and AI Are the Newest Tools Growers Can Use for Crop Management

Posted on January 6, 2021 in Uncategorized, They say knowledge is power. That philosophy is what drives Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis, an assistant professor at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, where he leads the precision agriculture engineering program. With a background in agricultural engineering, Ampatzidis both intimately understands grower priorities and has the technical know-how to build new tools to […]

Virti – One of The 100 Best Inventions of 2020

Posted on January 4, 2021 in Uncategorized,

Certain situations are almost impossible to train for. What do you do, say, when you nick an artery during surgery? Or spot a leak on an oil rig? In 2018, trauma surgeon Dr. Alex Young launched Virti, a training platform that drops workers into high-stress augmented and virtual reality scenarios, where they can practice responding and receive […]

Lockheed Martin to buy Aerojet Rocketdyne, growing rocket and missile holdings(By Carten Cordell and Alex Soderstrom

Posted on December 21, 2020 in Uncategorized,

With sparse few shopping days left in 2020, Lockheed Martin Corp. made a big purchase of the year, acquiring Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. in a deal worth $4.4 billion.  The move, unveiled on Dec. 20, provides the Bethesda, Maryland-based defense contracting giant (NYSE: LMT) an established player in the solid rocket propulsion market, which is […]

Orlando photonics firm Ocean Insight to add jobs after HQ expansion (Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on December 16, 2020 in Uncategorized,

An Orlando-based tech manufacturer Ocean Optics Inc., which does business as Ocean Insight, will hire 100 local workers by 2023, the Orlando Economic Partnership announced Dec. 16. The optical sensor manufacturer’s growth spurt follows a move into a new headquarters in Central Florida Research Park.

Nearing passage, the NDAA is full of AI and cyber policy changes (Jackson Barnett)

Posted on December 16, 2020 in Uncategorized,

Written by Jackson BarnettDEC 9, 2020 | FEDSCOOP The passage of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act would enact several military policy changes regarding military cybersecurity and artificial intelligence — most notably elevating the Department of Defense’s Joint AI Center. Nearing passage, the NDAA is full of AI and cyber policy changes

Hank Okraski, NCS Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on December 15, 2020 in Uncategorized,

i4 Business Magazine Announces 2020 Business Leaders of the Year

Posted on December 14, 2020 in Uncategorized,

(Orlando, Fla.) — i4 Business magazine will recognize 11 innovative and influential individuals in Central Florida on Thursday, December 10, at the virtual 2020 Business Leaders of the Year Awards and in a special edition published in December. The honorees were selected from more than 85 community nominations. 

Health care AI startup with Orlando office acquired by newly-minted unicorn (By Carrigan Miller and Susan Lundine)

Posted on December 10, 2020 in Uncategorized,

  Verata Health, a Minnesota-based health care tech startup with an Orlando office that uses artificial intelligence to reduce the burden of prior authorization, has been acquired by Ohio-based AI startup Olive.  

German-Based Startup Lilium to Establish Nation’s First Advanced Aerial Mobility Region in Orlando (Author – OEP)

Posted on December 8, 2020 in Uncategorized,

Orlando, Fla. – Lilium, a German-based startup developing a revolutionary on-demand air taxi service, is locating its flagship U.S. vertiport (vertical take-off and landing facility) as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and pilot headquarters in Orlando. The company’s fully electric vehicle is completely emissions-free, and its innovative, intrinsically simple design enables connections from city center […]

The Orlando Technology Community Support Grant Program

Posted on December 7, 2020 in Uncategorized,

The Orlando Technology Community Support Grant Program (the Program) expands the City of Orlando’s continued commitment to creating an environment for entrepreneurship as a critical component of the region’s innovation ecosystem. In collaboration with the Orlando Economic Partnership’s Orlando Tech Council (OTC), the grant program provides funding support for Orlando technology focused activities and programs. Four […]

Team AVT has been selected by Bell to develop the Training System Requirements Analysis (TSRA) for the Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor

Posted on December 7, 2020 in General News,


Orange County Convention Center: Staying Open for Business (I-4 Corridor Magazine – Diane Sears)

Posted on December 3, 2020 in Uncategorized,

Mark Tester was excited about starting his new job as executive director at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). His plan for the first 60 days was to immerse himself in the operation and determine how the facility operated, how the team provided service to customers, and what improvements he might be able to make at the […]

Hank Okraski, NCS Hall of Fame member and longtime board member, has received a lifetime achievement modeling & simulation award given by the National Training & Simulation Association (NTSA).

Posted on November 30, 2020 in Uncategorized,

Okraski’s honor will be recognized this year at the virtual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), but will be presented at next year’s I/ITSEC, which is expected to be in person in November 2021. A founder of NCS, Okraski served as the chairman of the board from 1993 to 2003 and helped build a […]

Exclusive: Northrop Grumman Inks Big Office Lease Deal Near UCF

Posted on October 5, 2020 in Uncategorized,

Northrop Grumman Corp. — which employs roughly 4,000 people in Central Florida — plans to consolidate several of its local offices into one location near the University of Central Florida.

National Center for Simulation’s President and CEO, was named to Florida 500

Posted on October 5, 2020 in Uncategorized,

National Center for Simulation’s President and CEO, was Named toFlorida 500 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Dolly Rairigh Glass,, 407.797.7851 Orlando, Florida – October 1, 2020. George Cheros, National Center for Simulation’s president and CEO, was named to Florida 500, a special publication that highlights the 500 most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the […]

NCS President / CEO George Cheros Named to Florida 500 (Florida Trend Magazine)

Posted on October 4, 2020 in Uncategorized,

For the second year in a row, NCS president George Cheros was named to Florida 500, a special publication that highlights the 500 most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state of Florida.

Slovakian contractor Virtual Reality Media launches U.S. arm in Orlando (Orlando Business Journal (By Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on September 30, 2020 in Uncategorized,

When John Daniele led international programs for the U.S. Army’s simulation arm, he frequently worked with Slovakian training firm Virtual Reality Media A.S. (VRM Slovakia). VRM Slovakia’s president always talked to Daniele about establishing a U.S. presence, but little did Daniele know that, years later, he’d be tapped to be its CEO.  Daniele and Virtual Reality Media […]

UCF eyes future high-tech campus at Orlando airport (Orlando Business Journal – Richard Bilbao)

Posted on August 19, 2020 in Uncategorized,

“The vision for what we are calling the UCF-MCO Partnership is to develop a digital-twin [technology] campus that would be a model for the nation in this emerging technology,” said Beverly Seay, UCF’s board of trustees chair, during the presentation.