NCS News Desk

Okraski Receives Clarkson University's Top Alumni Honor

Posted on January 6, 2009 in General News,

Henry C. Okraski of Winter Park, Fla., a consultant for the simulation industry, has received the Golden Knight Award from his alma mater, Clarkson University. Presented each year during Reunion Weekend, Clarkson’s most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Association activities or have […]

Raydon wins military contract over larger rivals

Posted on January 6, 2009 in General News,

From the Orlando Sentinel: Military training contractor Raydon Corp. has snagged a contract potentially worth $46 million to perform various support services for war-game simulators used by the armed forces, the company said Tuesday. The Daytona Beach-based high-tech company beat a number of bigger rivals to win the three-year deal, which involves testing, maintaining and […]

Lockheed Martin to acquire Unitech

Posted on January 6, 2009 in General News,

Thanks to the Orlando Business Journal for this news: Lockheed Martin Corp. announced it has entered an agreement to acquire Universal Systems & Technology Inc., also known as Unitech. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Lockheed Martin’s simulation, training and support division in Orlando will manage Unitech’s 400 employees. Unitech is a Centreville, […]

Medical Simulation Corp Announces Partnership With USF

Posted on December 2, 2008 in General News,

Medical Simulation Corporation (MSC) announces a new partnership with the University of South Florida (USF) to provide simulation training and education services for USF Health hospital partners and for local and national health professionals seeking continuing medical education. The MSC SimSuite Education Center is located at Tampa General Hospital, a major teaching affiliate of USF […]

Bethesda terror attack drill tests emergency resources

Posted on November 13, 2008 in General News,

From the Maryland Community Newspapers Online: Hundreds of emergency personnel descended on the National Naval Medical Center last week trying to save 76 victims of a terrorist attack. But Suzanne Patterson just tried to make them look as gruesome as possible. Patterson was the special effects artist responsible for the “blood and guts” at the […]

Myth busted: scientists unveil high-tech Army

Posted on October 14, 2008 in General News,

Advancements in science and technology that support full-spectrum operations, like exoskeletons, were discussed Wednesday at the annual meeting and exposition of the Association of the United States Army. The forum “Busting the Low-Tech Myth: Army S&T Support to Full Spectrum Operations” provided presentations on how experimental and applied technologies show the Army has advanced across […]

AFSOC's Big Training Tent

Posted on October 14, 2008 in General News,

Air Force Special Operations Command has consolidated all of its training units under the Air Force Special Operations Training Center, a new organization that formally stood up Oct. 6 at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The AFSOTC will be responsible for all mission qualification training of operators of AFSOC’s gunships, Combat Talon airlifters, PC-12 light transports, U-28 […]

NCS Members Experimenting with IBM-Designed Supercomputer

Posted on October 14, 2008 in General News,

On the eve of an upgrade expected to more than triple its capability, the IBM high performance computing cluster housed at the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) is operating around the clock at close to 100 percent capacity. The University of Central Florida installed the system through two Army grants totaling $2.6 million. The […]

Districts prepare full-time online K-12 schools

Posted on October 6, 2008 in General News,

From Palm Beach Post writer Laura Green: Next school year, the first generation of Florida students can begin to earn a diploma from local public schools entirely online, without ever setting foot in a classroom from kindergarten through 12th grade. A new state law requires districts to create their own full-time virtual schools, collaborate with […]

Maximizing Unmanned Potential

Posted on September 11, 2008 in General News,

Air Force Office of Scientific Research-sponsored researchers are creating a virtual reality environment that would allow numerous UAV operators to interface with it to control multiple, semi-autonomous UAVs effectively and without current limitations in areas like situational awareness. This environment includes advanced physical- and eye-tracking systems and voice interfaces. Air Force Office of Scientific Research-sponsored […]

Burn Center: game will help save lives in disasters

Posted on September 8, 2008 in General News,

The Orlando Sentinel has an article about a game designed to help save lives in theme parks: “If terrorists ever attack a Florida theme park, a video game developed by recent University of Central Florida graduates in a cramped downtown Orlando office could help make sure that doctors and surgeons can properly treat burn victims.” […]

Raydon wins $53M Army deal to make simulators

Posted on September 8, 2008 in General News,

Orlando Sentinel staff writer Richard Burnett writes about a recent Raydon contract win: “The Army’s training-contract agency in Orlando has awarded Daytona Beach-based Raydon Corp. a deal potentially worth $53 million to produce anti-IED training technologies. Raydon’s initial contract in the program is worth $20.5 million. If the Army exercises all options, the deal could […]

$11.9M to AAI for Training Systems for Shadow TUAS Units

Posted on August 27, 2008 in General News,

From AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its family of Training Aids, Devices, Simulators, and Simulations (TADSS) has been selected to support training for Army National Guard units operating the RQ-7B Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS). Awarded by the U.S. Army’s Program […]

LM Awarded $37 M to Provide Trainers, Simulator to US Army

Posted on August 27, 2008 in General News,

From Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will produce a Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) Reconfigurable Vehicle Simulator and the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer (RVTT/CCTT-RVS) for the U.S. Army, providing Soldiers with the latest skills to defeat adaptive and intelligent adversaries. The initial one-year contract valued at $37 million has three options which, if exercised, could […]

Holloman on Tap for UAV Training

Posted on August 22, 2008 in General News,

From : “Air Combat Command said Monday (Aug. 18) that it wants to install a formal training unit for MQ-1 and MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle operations at Holloman AFB, N.M. Currently the service has only one FTU, which is at Creech AFB, Nev.” Click here to read the full article

Raydon wins $6M in Army contract renewals

Posted on August 22, 2008 in General News,

From the Orlando Business Journal: “Simulation training technology company Raydon Corp. has been awarded three contract renewals from the U.S. Army worth more than $6 million.” Orlando Business Journal Tuesday, August 19, 2008 – 2:39 PM EDT Simulation training technology company Raydon Corp. has been awarded three contract renewals from the U.S. Army worth more […]

New electronic warfare trainer preps next generation aviators

Posted on August 13, 2008 in General News,

8/5/2008 – RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — In today’s advanced simulated gaming world available through Wiis, iPhones and Xboxes, the 563rd Flying Training Squadron trumped them all when it unveiled the new-and-improved T-25 Simulated Electronic Combat Training Unit at a ribbon-cutting ceremony here Aug. 1.  Click here to read the article

Posted on August 7, 2008 in General News,

The Full Sail Simulation club is proud to announce the release of .  “This web portal will help build the relationship between Full Sail students and the MS&T industry”, said Eric Preisz, the Simulation Club faculty sponsor and department chair for architecture in the game development bachelors degree program. The website displays student resumes, […]

Mixed reality uses a combination of virtual images and reality.

Posted on March 5, 2008 in General News,

Florida Trend has an article about some uses for virtual reality. The problem: Retraining the victim of a brain injury how to function in his own kitchen without exposing him to sharp objects or hot burners. The solution: Take pictures of the injured person’s actual kitchen. Build a bare-bones dummy version of the kitchen in […]

It's good to see the comp-sim industry continue to grow

Posted on January 7, 2008 in General News,

From the Orlando Sentinel: “Central Florida leaders united in 2005 to persuade the feds to keep open the military center that anchors the region’s computer modeling, simulation and training industry. That achievement didn’t spark the celebrations that have accompanied other economic-development successes, but it keeps paying benefits. “ The complete article can be viewed at:,0,5388774.storyVisit […]