Space simulator

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"Space flight simulator" redirects here. For space flight simulators intended for entertainment, see Space flight simulator game.
For the 1994 Microsoft game, see Microsoft Space Simulator.

A space simulator is a system that tries to replicate or simulate outer space and/or the experience of space flight in a spacecraft as closely and realistically as possible. This includes full-size cockpit replicas mounted on hydraulic rams and controlled by state of the art computer technology; elaborate watertanks for simulation of weightlessness; and devices used by scientists to study the physics and environment of outer space.

Space flight simulators are used almost solely by the aerospace industry and the military for cosmonaut/astronaut training, disaster simulation and spacecraft design. Examples of devices that simulate the environment of outer space include the Large Space Simulator at the European Space Research and Technology Centre[1] and The Space Simulator at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.[2]

The world's first Space Simulator that is available for the public and is for entertainment is at SimCenter Tampa Bay (!space-simulator/cudn) in Clearwater, Florida and it allows people to travel in space in virtual reality.


  1. ^ "New Device Allows Safe And Fast Access To Large Space Simulator". Science Daily. March 27, 2005. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  2. ^ "The Space Simulator –– Modeling The Universe On A Budget". Science Daily. June 23, 2004. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 

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