SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company dedicated to aerospace transport, has launched a virtual experience in which you can practice driving a spacecraft, specifically the proposal is to achieve the coupling of the Dragon 2 capsule with the International Space Station.
Everyone can access this simulator from the same browser on your computer, your mobile or your tablet, without downloading anything, not even registering. Once you enter the web, a message indicates that it is a simulator of the controls of the real interface used by NASA astronauts to manually pilot the SpaceX Dragon 2 vehicle to the ISS.
Takeoff in Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA) of the SpaceX rocket ‘Falcon 9’, with the capsule ‘Dragon’ heading to the International Space Station. The first manned launch of SpaceX and NASA is scheduled for May 27th.
The game has detailed instructions that explain how to operate the ship: on the left are the lateral movement controls and the impellers to move forward and back -with the plus and minus sign-; and to the right are the orientation and rotation controls to correct the axes of rotation.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 12, 2020
In the center of both groups of controls there is a precision lever, a button that allows you to alternate between wide movements – in orange – and precision movements – in blue. The simulator warns you that it is better not to use large movements near the ISS.