Awesome Dad Builds Advanced NASA Simulator For His Kids

I thought I was doing quite well this year by building my son his first gaming PC… and I am, but this guy is making other dads look bad with his incredibly NASA simulator which he built for his children.

As you can see in the video below the project includes a shuttle, mission control and even a satellite deployment system with authentic controls, sounds, the thing even shakes when more intensive systems are running. The whole thing is operated by over a hundred switches through multiple control panels, hundreds of LED lights, an Arduino controller and a Raspberry Pi computer. There is even a space to mount a smartphone to play back real NASA footage and expand the rig with extra features, a payload deployment arm and a whole lot more.

The whole thing is impressive and I don’t doubt for a minute that he’s not had a lot of fun playing with this setup himself when the kids aren’t around… actually wouldn’t mind a go myself. A great idea with flawless execution.

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