Now you can try your hand at docking with the International Space Station
Ever wanted to pilot a space station? You can either spend years of waiting to be selected for your nation’s space program, training on specialized equipment, and hoping you get picked to drive the next shuttle that launches into space. Or you can try a new simulator made by SpaceX.
The simulator recreates the controls of SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon space shuttle and puts you in the pilot’s chair as you attempt to dock with the International Space Station. The simulator recreates some of the controls of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and allows users/players to control the virtual shuttle as it heads toward the ISS.
The simulator is intended more as a marketing tool than anything else. The real Crew Dragon shuttle will have advanced computer systems that are designed to automate the docking process. The human astronauts aboard will be able to manually assume the controls if needed.
Crew Dragon is expected to launch on May 27, 2020. NASA Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will head to the ISS in real life, becoming the first humans to use SpaceX’s revolutionary new spacecraft.
You can try the simulator for yourself here.