Three Florida universities have come together to break barriers in space research.
Florida State University, Embry-Riddle University and the Florida Institute of Technology have signed an agreement to cooperate on a space research program.
Kirby Kemper, FSU's Vice President for Research, says the partnership couldn't be timelier for Florida and for NASA.
"Our students and faculty are very excited about space and what goes on in space. Our hope is that this is a continuing project for Florida and space based research and activities," said Kemper, who says each university will contribute $30,000 over a three-year period.
After that, Kemper says the program will rely on outside sources of funding.