It's A Short Commute. 100 Miles From Johnson Space Center To
NASA's space shuttle simulator has gotten a new lease on life
... at Texas A & M University in College Station.
The NASA-Texas A&M partnership will allow the university to
house and showcase unique space shuttle training artifacts. The
Shuttle Motion Simulator provided a full-motion simulation of
shuttle launches and landings for every crew that flew on the
shuttle. It began operations at JSC in 1977 and was used in
training for all 135 space shuttle missions.
At Texas A & M, the sim will once again be made operational.
Paul Hill, director of mission operations at JSC, said the sim will
be used in the development of new equipment that will be deployed
in next-generation spacecraft, according to msnbc.com.
The facility that housed the shuttle simulators at JSC continues
to be used for International Space Station training. NASA says the
partnership will help ensure that this unique historical artifact
and the space shuttle training technology it represents is
preserved and used to inspire future engineers. JSC welcomes
opportunities for such partnerships that find areas of common
interest of benefit to both parties. (Image source NASA)