It took me a couple hours yesterday, but I managed to dock to the ISS for the first time!
But, seems to me some one put up in Orbiter Hanger a mod that translates the RCS for docking, and the arm so that you drive the ‘hand’ and the system drives the elbow and shoulder.
what skills would a real astronaut require?
I've seen seemingly very rational people doing pure nonsense when they were under high stress
Well, turns out the real Shuttle has not only an LVLH-attitude hold mode but also a switch to change the sense of the controls to what you see looking up - that makes the problem much more tractable.
A very "stable" psychologic profile, the ability to deal with information overflow. I've seen seemingly very rational people doing pure nonsense when they were under high stress (like beaching a sailboat straight on a very visible sandbank, after 3 repeated warnings...). The ability to put aside personal feelings so that it won't interfere when the crewmate you don't like asks you to do a specific task. Of course good reflexes and coordination, and excellent spatial orientation (very useful when you're docking a spacecraft with an offset docking port like the Shuttle, and also for limiting the "falling into Earth" feeling/disorientation on EVAs). Well inner ear is something that can be trained, but probably some people are better than others. Also you have to understand how work the systems you're working with, and in the case of the Space Shuttle (1M spare parts...), it was no small feat. So most astronauts are highly specialized (PhD) in space-systems engineering, some have double-specialization for mission specialists skills (like biology, psychology, medicine...). Which means those are people that learn fast and well.
How do you handle the LVLH problem without the convenience of those tools?