Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Space Shuttle Mission Simulator 2

The next version of the Space Shuttle Mission Simulator has been revealed at the I/ITSEC 2010 show, at the NASA STEM booth today at 09:00 ET.

The official name of the next version is:

Space Shuttle Mission Simulator 2
Space Shuttle Mission Simulator 2

Space Shuttle Mission Simulator 2
...the legacy continues...

Among the main features listed during the announcement:

  • New Earth engine: high resolution, photo-real Earth. 16 times higher than in current version. High resolution clouds and Earth at night.
  • ISS interior: seamlessly "float" between the docked Shuttle and the ISS, and inside the ISS.
  • More, exciting and surprising missions
  • Fully interactive 3D cockpit, more detailed GPC functionality
  • Graphical enhancements and much more

As we approach the release date (ETA Q3/Q4 2011), we will be releasing more details about the planned features and we promise - they are way cool!

At the show, Mr. Tim Gagnon was present at the unveiling of the official SSMS2 patch. Tim Gagnon of Titusville, Florida, is a graphic and portrait artist with a life-long passion for Space Exploration and has been designing patches for many STS missions and ISS expeditions - including for the upcoming STS-133. He also created the SSMS2 patch.

His work is on display at the Kennedy Space Center, City Hall in Elmira, NY and the International Space Station.

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