WFIT Space Minute

Space Minute features former Astronaut and Faculty Member of the Florida Institute of Technology, Captain Winston Scott.  The PSA segments were produced, broadcasted and featured on the University's radio station WFIT's website and social media networks. The Public Service Announcements were also distributed to the Florida Public Broadcasting Network which consists of 13 public radio stations statewide. 

The objective of this project was to produce a Space Minutes PSA series that would increase awareness of the Space industry and the myriad of technological innovations it continues to inspire on a global basis.   Space Minutes were crafted with the goal of highlighting the University's wide ranging expertise, the broad scope of space technology being developed by the campus community and the hands on opportunities available to FL Tech students.    

BIO :Winston E. Scott is a former astronaut and aerospace executive. He served as a mission specialist on two space shuttle missions, STS-72 in 1996 and STS-87 in 1997, and has logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including 3 spacewalks totaling 19 hours and 26 minutes.

From 2003 to 2006, Scott was executive director of the Florida Space Authority, based at Kennedy Space Center. Concurrently, he was a part-time Florida Tech faculty member, teaching aeronautics courses.

Scott began his career in the U.S. military. Following Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School, Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, Calif., and tactical jet training, Scott was assigned as a fighter pilot to Fighter Squadron Eighty Four flying the F-14 Tomcat fighter.  He subsequently served as a test pilot at the Naval Aviation Depot at Jacksonville, Fla.  He accumulated more than 5,000 hours of flight time and more than 200 shipboard landings. Scott retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain.

Scott, a sought-after public speaker, is a Florida Tech administrator and faculty member.

The Modern Space Suit

Jul 17, 2017

Space Minute PSA Series #7: Space Suit

When it comes time to buy your ticket into outer space – a distinct possibility in the not-so distant future – Florida Institute of Technology researchers have a pretty good idea of what you’ll be wearing on your way to zero gravity.

That’s because the university has use of a working, modern spacesuit. The spacesuit is essential for the school’s research in developing a universal flight deck made specifically for space tourism.


Jul 10, 2017

Space Minute PSA Series #6: OSIRIS-REx

Launched from Cape Canaveral in 2016, the OSIRIS-REx is a fascinating mission that calls for a spacecraft to travel to a 4.5-billion-year-old asteroid called Bennu to take a sample of its surface material, known as regolith. As with many major space endeavors, this one has involved three Florida Institute of Technology alumni in key leadership roles.

Space Minute PSA Series #5: Martian Garden

Retired space shuttle astronaut Winston Scott…presents your Space Minute.

Imagine if farm-to-table was possible on a different planet.

In the movie “The Martian,” there is a scene where Matt Damon’s character, an astronaut who is stranded on Mars, cares for bright green plants sprouting up from the Red Planet’s dirt.

Mars Chamber

Jun 26, 2017

Space Minute PSA Series #4: Mars Chamber

Nearly every university has some interesting things on campus, from rare books to famous paintings. But no other university campus has this...

In 2016, officials at Kennedy Space Center asked Florida Institute of Technology faculty if they would like to take something off their hands: A hollow, stainless-steel tube known as the Mars Environment Chamber.

Reusable Spacecraft

Jun 19, 2017

Space Minute PSA Series #3: Reusable Spacecraft

Disposable vs. reusable.

For the longest time, that topic centered mainly on razors, pens and diapers.

But back in the 1970s, something new entered into the discussion, and our world would never be the same: a space shuttle.

Launching like a rocket and returning like a glider, this 122-foot long marvel of technology was the world’s first reusable spacecraft.