Now you can try your hand at docking with the International Space Station

Image via SpaceX Crew Dragon simulator
Image via SpaceX Crew Dragon simulator
To promote the launch of SpaceX's new Crew Dragon space shuttle, SpaceX has released an online simulator. The simulator plops prospective pilots into the captain's chair of the Crew Dragon and let's them attempt to dock with the International Space Station.
Sam Medley, 🇷🇺

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.


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Sam Medley, 2020-05-12 (Update: 2020-05-12)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.