TISTEF is a unique government asset supporting research and development of electro-optic sensing technologies,
laser beam wave propagation, and asset tracking located at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. UCF has agreements with the US Air Force and NASA to operate
at the site, and a CRADA with SPAWAR for cooperative research and equipment use. This facility is operated by
the University of Central Florida's Wave Propagation Research Group (WPRG).
The WPRG has over
50 years of combined experience in the study of laser beam propagation through atmospheric turbulence.
TISTEF is a multi-use facility, encompassing indoor laser and optics labs and outdoor test ranges,
but is primarily a field test facility.
Meteorological Measurements and Services
We offer a wide arrangement of meteorological instruments to provide measurements for
various parameters such as air temperature, relative humidity, Cn2, wind speed, and more.
Our experiments can be set up anywhere! Not just TISTEF. We have set up our instruments
all over the United States and have access to various unique sites at the Kennedy Space Center
that best meet our customer's needs.
The WPRG is headed by two UCF emeritus professors, Dr. Larry C. Andrews and Dr. Ronald L. Phillips. Dr. Andrews and Dr. Phillips
are world renowned in the field of laser beam propagation through atmospheric turbulence with many years of experience and publications
in this field. They provide all the theoretical analysis and mathematical modeling needed to characterize this phenomenon
across our projects.
The TISTEF site offers a 1 kilometer outdoor range for lasing in addition to a observatory dome.
The facility also hosts various labs for different applications such as a mechanical lab, UV lab, and