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VERTICAL LAUNCH SIMULATOR

Exterior view of the space capsule simulator

The Apollo Capsule Prototype was designed and constructed by UND students from the Department of Space Studies, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Funds were provided through a grant from the NASA-North Dakota Space Grant Consortium. The simulator is the approximate size of the original Apollo Command Module that took American astronauts to the Moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s and it can accommodate three people at a time.

The capsule simulate launch, orbital operations and landings of different space vehicles by means of the Orbiter Space Simulator and Satellite Toolkit STK Software, and it is used for academic and research purposes by students enrolled in courses such as Life Sciences, Aviation, Orbital mechanics and Engineering. The simulator is the approximate size of the original Apollo Command Module that took American astronauts to the Moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It can accommodate three people at a time.

The use of the simulator is available on a limited basis for visitors to the UND campus and students and a scheduled appointment is required.

For more information about the software that makes the UND Space Simulator possible click here.

HORIZONTAL LAUNCH SIMULATOR

Horizontal Simulator

The SpaceShip One Prototype was designed and constructed by UND students from the Department of Space Studies and Mechanical Engineering as part of a grant from the NASA-North Dakota Space Grant Consortium. The construction was carried out in Cirrus Company, Grand Forks, ND during the summer 2006 as part of a student internship whose main purpose was for the students to gain experience in constructing methods.

The simulator is the approximate size of the original Spaceship One, which was the first privately built spacecraft to reach space in 2004. The vehicle accommodates one person at a time. It simulates launch, sub-orbital operations and landings, as well as drop-offs from high altitude by means of the X-Plane and the Flight Simulator Software, and it is used for academic and research purposes by students enrolled in courses such as Life Sciences, Aviation, Orbital mechanics and Engineering.

The use of the simulator is available on a limited basis for visitors to the UND campus and students and a scheduled appointment is required.

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