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Simulation Equipment Used in the Training of Astronauts and Flight Control Crews in Project MercuryAt the beginning of the Mercury Program it was realized that the entire preparation of the man for piloting the spacecraft would have to be done by use of simulation techniques. It was also realized that no single all-inclusive flight simulator could provide the astronaut with practice in all phases of the mission in a sufficiently realistic environment. To determine the simulation needs, the Mercury-Atlas flight was broken down into areas of astronaut mission responsibility and into areas of physiological and psychological factors affecting the astronaut. A study was made of existing and proposed devices to determine requirements, suitability, feasibility, and availability of these devices. The simulators and devices finally selected are listed in Figure 1. Omitted from this list are several devices that are not actually simulators, such as mockups and visual devices} disorientation devices such as the one at Pensacola, and airplane 0 g familiarization flights. The listings in Figure 1 are not by order of importance or time availability but rather in groupings of fixed-based and dynamic or moving-based simulators.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Stanley Faber (Manned Spacecraft Center Houston, Texas, United States)
Date Acquired
August 1, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1962
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the National Meeting on Manned Space Flight (Unclassified Portion)
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems and Facilities (Space)
Meeting Information
National Meeting on Manned Space Flight(St. Louis, MO)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Training equipment
Mercury project
Flight control

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