Students from several disciplines at the University of Alabama-Huntsville (UAH) are working to construct an Apollo Command Module flight simulator that will “simulate the full mission from launch to landing.” The project is expected to take about two years to complete and involve over 100 students as well as a number of individuals and businesses.
The simulator will allow user to experience the training of the NASA Apollo astronauts of the 1960’s and 1970’s. In addition to the primary simulation experience, the project will open the door for more research in the fields of psychology, simulation modeling, technical writing, hardware I/O, and software development. Several space agencies have also expressed an interest in the project. For companies interested in volunteering their time, talents or products, please visit the team’s website for more information.
For the UAH students, this is the experience of a lifetime. They are gaining valuable hands-on experience with new technologies and methodologies. The project provides a perfect opportunity for honing leadership skills and working in a collaborative environment on a long-term project. The students are also able to use these skills as they network with industry leaders participating in the project.