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Environmental Tectonics Corporation 'ETC' was incorporated in 1969 in Pennsylvania. The Company is mainly engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of software driven products and services used to create and monitor the physiological effects of flight; high performance jet tactical flight simulation; steam and gas sterilization; testing and simulation devices for the automotive industry; hyperbaric and hypobaric chambers; and driving and disaster simulation systems. It operates in two business segments, Training Services Group 'TSG' and Control Systems Group 'CSG'. Our 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, and in CSG include: steam and gas sterilization; testing and simulation devices for the automotive industry, and; hyperbaric and hypobaric chambers. Product categories included in TSG are Aircrew Training Systems 'ATS' and flight simulators, disaster management systems and entertainment applications. CSG includes sterilizers, environmental control devices and hyperbaric chambers along with parts and service support. The Company's high-G pilot training centrifuges were developed for the aeromedical community to provide G-training such as G-loss of consciousness 'G-LOC' for high performance jet pilots. In 2009, its National AeroSpace Training and Research 'NASTAR' Center, in conjunction with Embry Riddle Aeromedical University began conducting research under a Federal Aviation Administration 'FAA' funded research project aimed at examining the effectiveness of using centrifuge based simulation for Upset Recovery Training 'URT'. The Company's simulation division continued development of its software-driven disaster scenario products. It now offers training in aircraft accidents, hazardous material incidents, train and tunnel incidents, traffic accidents, structural fires in high-rise, commercial, industrial and apartment buildings, large wildfires, terrorist attacks, bomb threats and explosions and school shootings. In the Sectional sterilizers, it involves the fabrication and installation of Bulk Size Sterilizers in "Sections.". The company presently has four operating subsidiaries. Entertainment Technology Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary, is a Pennsylvania corporation that focuses on the development, manufacturing and distribution of its entertainment products. ETC-PZL Aerospace Industries, 95%-owned subsidiary, is a Polish corporation that manufactures simulators. ETC-Europe, 99%-owned subsidiary, is a United Kingdom corporation that focuses on generating international sales. NASTAR Center LLC is a wholly-owned Delaware subsidiary which includes its NASTAR Center. It faces competition in the sale of the larger custom-designed industrial sterilizers both from othe

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