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Really curious if the space shuttle launch simulators are in a museum somewhere for visitors to see and learn more about? Also curious if maybe there is a technical book on those simulators?

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The three Shuttle Mission Simulator training bases are, or will "soon" be, in museums. However, they are a shadow of their operational selves.

The Fixed Base is in the Stafford Museum in Oklahoma. This is the only one currently visible to the public.

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(picture from Facebook SMS page)

The Motion Base, after being in durance vile at Texas A&M University for 10 years, is being returned to Houston and will be displayed at the Lone Star Flight Museum later this year.

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The Guidance and Navigation Simulator was given to a small museum in Florida which went out of business before ever placing the simulator on display. It has recently been delivered to the Pima Air and Space Museum. However, the crew station was heavily modified for use in a motion picture.

A couple of old manuals are available online

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  • $\begingroup$ Oh, nice! Were these the training simulators for the crew, or were they the simulators used to get the I-LOAD pitch schedules? I hope they don't let these machines just sit in storage. $\endgroup$
    – user39728
    May 23 at 21:29
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    $\begingroup$ @user39728_i_said_user_39728_i_ As a general rule, CFD simulations tend to run at slower than real time. Much slower than real time is typical (and desirable!) A training simulation should run exactly at real time, which pretty much rules out CFD. If the simulation can run faster than real time (that too is desirable), there are simple solutions that can make that faster than real time sim run at exactly real time (e.g., a busy loop or a wait). OTOH, there's nothing that can be done to make a slower than real time sim run at real time other than buying a faster computer. $\endgroup$ May 24 at 11:47
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    $\begingroup$ Ooh, the Lone Star Flight Museum is just down the road from me. Looking forward to this one! $\endgroup$
    – Tristan
    May 24 at 13:29
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh it's one of the more disappointing chapters in this whole sad story. TAMU per their request was given everything needed to get a complete Shuttle Mission Simulator base up and running - All the cabinets, CPUs, the crew station, visual systems, the flight computers, cabling, the software. And they did nothing with it, nothing. It sat in that cage for 10 years. $\endgroup$ May 24 at 20:32
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh unfortunately that ship has sailed; just the crew station and a few other appurtenances are going to be displayed at the Lone Star Flight Museum. There are no plans to even try to get a working simulator base any more. $\endgroup$ May 24 at 20:51

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