NASA’s New App Allows You To Be In The Pilot’s Seat For Simulated Space Mission
By Yimin Huang, 14 Nov 2019
A new NASA app may help you fulfil your astronaut dreams, at least in a small way, by allowing you to be the “pilot” aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing Starliner.
The game allows users to try their hand at strategizing the missions in a simplified simulation, per TechCrunch.
The actual missions are scheduled to take place next year. Meanwhile, the app will take users through a series of steps, from “spacecraft choice,” to “mission type” and “crew selection,” followed by the eventual “launch” and “docking,” as stated in TechCrunch.
Even though the app focuses more on educating users about the steps required to run a commercial crew mission rather than offering a realistic simulation, there are some fun bits. The docking procedure with the International Space Station can be carried out either on full automatic or the more thrilling manual mode.
Space enthusiasts can also learn much about the Crew Dragon and the Starliner, along with the rockets that will be propelled. Users can even choose from the description of ten actual astronauts to used on their simulated mission.
Even details about parts of the spacecraft are provided, such as in regards to the boosters and crew capsules.
The app is called Rocket Science: Ride 2 Station, and can be downloaded on iOS or via the web.
Check out our new app where you can plan and execute a mission to the @space_station aboard the @boeingspace #Starliner or @spacex #CrewDragon capsule.— NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) November 13, 2019
You can play online or download for free in the app store: https://t.co/zwXTc6pJRG pic.twitter.com/Fm9uHnfRSN
[via TechCrunch, cover image via NASA Commercial Crew]
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