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NCS Breakfast with Rep. Suzanne Kosmas – June 2nd

Posted on May 18, 2009 in Event News,

Please join us as we welcome our new Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas to our “Team Orlando” simulation and training community! In addition to the Congresswoman, we will also have a presentation by Ms. Beth Pettitt, who is the Division Chief for Soldier Simulation Environments at the Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC) here in Orlando.  Ms. […]

Army fields new MRAP rollover trainers

Posted on May 13, 2009 in General News,

From The U.S. military is fielding a new vehicle rollover simulator to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The simulator is the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Egress Trainer, or MET, and is the military’s latest initiative to prepare troops how to react in the event of a rollover. According to Army statistics, there were 144 non-hostile-related MRAP […]

Workforce Central Florida Summer Intership Program

Posted on April 26, 2009 in General News,

With more than $3 million in stimulus funds under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, WORKFORCE CENTRAL FLORIDA (WCF) has created the Summer Job Connection, a program that will pay the wages of 1,200 economically disadvantaged young adults ages 16 – 24 to work with local employers. WCF will pay the wages of the young […]

Manufacturing & Simulation Exchange 2009

Posted on April 2, 2009 in Event News,

MACF, NCS, and SAIC are presenting the Manufacturing & Simulation Exchange on  Thursday, July 23, 2009 from 5:00PM – 7:30PM. Food will be catered by Bubbalou’s BBQ. Tickets are $35 per person for members and $45 per person for non-members. Tradeshow Table Sponsor – $300 ($400 for non-members) includes: two meal tickets, your table-top display, […]

Fake Patients, Real Challenge

Posted on March 12, 2009 in General News,

From Florida Trend: The model for training surgeons once was, “See one. Do one. Teach one.” Trouble is, seeing one surgical procedure doesn’t mean you’ve seen all the ways that operation can turn out. Better to see as many as possible and practice a lot before touching a real live patient. That’s where the University […]

Firms train sights on military contract

Posted on March 3, 2009 in General News,

From the Orlando Sentinel: “Only a month after it was announced, the Army’s latest multibillion-dollar simulation training deal is becoming a magnet for new companies seeking to join a key Central Florida industry. STOC II – the Simulation and Training Omnibus Contract II – has sent a buzz through the region’s high-tech training community. More […]

Award Notice: STOC II Awards were made on 27 January 2009

Posted on February 2, 2009 in General News,

Awards were made to 142 different companies across the Full & Open and Small Business Set-Aside Lots. A complete listing of all contract awardees by Lot:

Training, UAVs, Key to Army Aviation in the Field

Posted on January 14, 2009 in General News,

From the ASD-Network: Army aviation commanders discussed the importance of continual training and the value of unmanned aerial vehicles in the field at the Association of the United States Army’s Aviation Symposium and Exposition Jan. 8. Col. Daniel Ball, chief of G-3 aviation, United States Armed Forces Command, led a panel discussion on the commander’s […]

Above and Beyond

Posted on January 6, 2009 in General News,

The laws of attraction were at work when government corporation Airservices Australia needed to introduce a new air traffic control tower simulator as part of its training program at the Airservices Australia Learning Academy. Airservices used a ‘pull’ approach to partner with simulation specialists Adacel, drawing intellectual energy to their Air Traffic Control Tower Simulator […]

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.” […]