Have you ever imagined yourself at the controls of the Space Shuttle, preparing for launch at Kennedy Space Center? Here is your opportunity - ATX offers participants a true taste of the space flight experience.
- Train like an astronaut at Kennedy Space Center
- Experience the feeling of hurtling through space
- End the program with an authentic simulated shuttle mission
ATX offers participants a true taste of the space flight experience. Developed with input from veteran NASA astronauts, the hands-on program includes an orientation and mission briefing by a member of the US astronaut corps, true-to-training simulator exercises, access into rarely-seen areas of the Space Center and the culmination of the training: A team-oriented Space Shuttle "mission".
After a briefing by the astronaut, crew members embark upon a variety of exercises that prepare astronauts for the rigors of space flight. For those interested in the sensation of hurtling through space, ATX offers the Multi-axis trainer simulator, a centrifuge-like device that randomly spins and twirls its occupant in multiple directions and through 360° revolutions.
The tour concludes with the main event - a simulated Shuttle mission in which participants work as a team to execute a high-earth orbit to rendezvous, dock and perform critical repair work on the International Space Station. Each crew member is assigned a specific role by trainers and, based on the assignment, proceeds to a full-scale Shuttle mock-up or takes the helm in a realistically outfitted mission control room.
From countdown to lift-off to mission, the intensity of the exercise is palpable and offers a realistic look at what astronauts and mission control achieve together every time NASA launches a manned mission.