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Space Flight Training

NASTAR (National Aerospace Training & Research) Facility, Pennsylvania - April 16-17, 2009

  • I spent 2 days doing space flight simulation training in a giant centrifuge at NASTAR, where they do a lot of training of fighter pilots, astronauts and also customers who are preparing to go into space with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. The first day was spent building up tolerances to extreme G-forces and the second day we did full scale simulations of X-Prize winner Space Ship One.
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  • The acceleration is hard to describe, but imagine having an elephant sitting on your chest. We had to learn AGSM (Anti G Straining Maneuvers) and special breathing techniques in order to help endure the G-forces without blacking out.
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  • Here are some of the statistics:
  • The centrifuge uses a 4000 Horsepower DC motor
  • I achieved 3.5 G's in the vertical axis and 6 G's in the horizontal - Twice as much as a Space Shuttle launch.
  • The simulation took me up to Mach 4 and to an altitude of 360,000 feet !!!!
  • High G-Force Centrifuge Training - YouTube

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    The centrifuge at full speed! The G-forces force blood away from your brain so you start to lose colour in your peripheral vision.

    Pulling 6 G's and loving it!! What an intense experience.

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    The centrifuge is used for training of astronauts and fighter pilots.

    NASTAR is the main facility for preparing people for upcoming space tourism flights with Virgin Galactic.

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    Inside the control room.

    Video monitors keep an eye on the person inside, in case the g-loc (gravitational loss of consciousness)and pass out

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    Me, in front of the machine.

    The four victims, I mean participants.. Greg, Myself, Max and Josh.

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    Inside the "cockpit". A 5 point harness holds you in place and a video screen displays outside window views and an instrument panel.

    EMT's were on standby the whole time... Just in case.