Environmental Tectonics Corp. recently announced the formation of the NASTAR Foundation. This non-profit organization fosters opportunities for people of all ages to experience the excitement of aerospace exploration.

The NASTAR Foundation’s core focus areas are to inspire, facilitate, and grow public awareness and participation in aviation and space activities; enhance workforce development through life-long learning opportunities, and support innovative programs that improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

In addition, core focus areas are to facilitate theoretical and applied research to meet the needs of the aerospace industry, and advance health & safety via the creation of medical and training standards for the commercial space industry.

One of the first projects for the NASTAR Foundation is to develop medical and training standards for commercial space flight. The NASTAR Foundation will form committee(s) as necessary to develop the standards. They are encouraging participation from industry.

Mr. Gregory P. Kennedy, the Executive Director for the NASTAR Foundation states, “The creation of an independent non-profit organization opens many possibilities for future projects that include education, research and flight safety. We are particularly excited about creating innovative ways to enhance science and technology education.”

The NASTAR Foundation selected the following individuals for their Board of Directors: Dan Barry, Lou Bucelli, Lydia Kokolskyj, William F. Mitchell, Sr., Edward Turzanski, and Elizabeth Walsh. The Board of Directors includes a former astronaut, university development officer, entrepreneur, corporate CEO, a national security specialist and a workforce development professional. Together they provide expertise in K-12 education programs, entrepreneurship, university research, workforce development, space exploration and industry.

Headquartered in Southampton, Pennsylvania, Environmental Tectonics Corporation operates in two business segments – Training Services Group (TSG) and Control Systems Group (CSG). The Company’s core technologies in TSG include the design, manufacture and sale of training services which includes software driven products and services used to create and monitor the physiological effects of flight; high performance jet tactical flight simulation, and driving and disaster simulation systems. Product categories included in TSG are Authentic Tactical Fighting Systems (ATFS), Aircrew Training Systems (ATS) and disaster management systems (ADMS).

Their core technologies in CSG include steam and gas sterilization; testing and simulation devices for the automotive industry, and hyperbaric and hypobaric chambers. Product categories included in CSG are sterilizers, environmental control devices and hypo/hyperbaric chambers along with parts and service support.

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