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Default Building an Apollo simulator.
by Mosselman 01-11-2018, 10:01 AM

All my life I just wanted to be one thing: an astronaut. How amazing would it be to travel through stars and planets. Walk on the moon and life in ISS.
Unfortunately ESA say I couldn't. They say it has something to do with failing a lot of test during my application procedure, which I still think -after all those years- is nonsense. I decided to become the closest thing to an astronaut: Salesman. (#failure #StupidJob)
But always kept dreaming about how it would feel. So I looked a lot to the sky and a while ago start playing Orbiter. But playing Orbiter isn't the same as the real thing. And because my family thinks it is a terrible idea to build my own rocket to shoot myself in a orbit around Earth (pfff, what do they know, Right?) I got a different idea: I want to build an realistic Apollo Simulator using Orbiter and NASSP. But ofcourse not with buttons I have to press with my mouse on a screen, but real buttons, etc, etc.
I was wondering if someone did this before and if that person documented things he/she did?
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Old 01-11-2018, 12:25 PM   #2
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We have a whole sub-forum dedicated to this topic here: https://www.orbiter-forum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=67 .
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Old 01-11-2018, 03:06 PM   #3
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Might be worth keeping an eye on this project:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Open...m_medium=email

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While this is certainly not the first re-creation of the Iconic AGC (Apollo Guidance Computer) DSKY (Display/Keyboard) used in all Apollo missions of the 1960s, and you can expect even more to appear this year and next year because of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, we decided a few years ago to create our own version that would meet a minimum number of pre-requisites.
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 Might be worth keeping an eye on this project:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Open...m_medium=email
Fantastic! Thank you! I've also wanted to build an Apollo CM simpit at some point, that DSKY kit looks very tempting. The real trick I guess would be interfacing everything with NASSP.
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Welcome, I'm tempted as well, still got three kits to finish yet...

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 Fantastic! Thank you! I've also wanted to build an Apollo CM simpit at some point, that DSKY kit looks very tempting. The real trick I guess would be interfacing everything with NASSP.

It's indeed an awesome project. But I will call the price not that awesome. I think it's cheaper to build it yourself. Wouldn't be that difficult to link it with NASSP. I believe there are addons for that.
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For reference, here's the real thing in action.
You can see how fast it updates the screen, the general color of the status lights, etc.

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Hi,
My brother and I have been working on it on our spare hours. It is going slowly, but still we are close to a POC.
Our topic is in the french-ish forum, at http://orbiter.dansteph.com/forum/in...?topic=12563.0.
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This guy is building a full-scale CM mockup, might be someone to talk to if you want to know more about how to build this kind of project.
https://www.facebook.com/henry.rosal...10736855089831
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