|Posted on Nov 08, 2007 12:00:00 AM | NASA EDGE | |||
The NASA EDGE Crew (Chris, Blair, Ron, Don, and Jack"y") are at NASA Johnson Space Center this week shooting some NE@ segments. We had a chance to check out the Shuttle Engineering Simulator in building 16N. According to a few unverified sources, this is not the real simulator (motion simulator), but rather the engineering simulator where engineers look at Guidance Navigation and Control issues. Jennifer Madsen, JSC engineer, gave us the complete tour of the simulator.
Jennifer Madsen instructing Chris and Blair on how to fly the space shuttle. Credit: Ron Beard, NASA EDGE
After a crash course of learning the cockpit displays, it was my turn to try and land the shuttle safely. Jennifer set the simulation to an ascent abort scenario with one or two main engines failing. We couldn't land at Kennedy Space Center, so I had to try and land at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA. This happens to be my home town. I performed a 270 degree left turn to line up with the runway. After my co-pilot, Commander Blair "Spritzer Spray" Allen dropped the landing gear at 300 feet, I landed the shuttle on the runway.
The simulation makes you appreciate all the hard work and training the astronaut pilots go through in flying the shuttle. It's a brick with wings. The co-pilot didn't get a chance to land the shuttle this time because he was to busy revitalizing his face with the vitamin C spritzer spray. I have complete confidence in him that he can land the shuttle just as good if not better than myself. His Commodore 64 days of playing F-15 Strike Eagle would come back to him.
I want to personally thank Jennifer, Jeremy, Tanya, and Sydney for all their hard work and dedication in allowing us cover the Shuttle Engineering Simulator. A job well done!
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