Opportunities gave us the good fortune to be able to build our first trial classroom cockpit in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia in partnership with Unimat Education.  A two and half month build and a very steep learning curve was wrapped up successfully with a working simulator built and housed Unimat’s workshop downtown Ulaanbaatar.  Over the coming weeks to months the final touches will be applied and test student groups will be introduced to the sim as VPACC works on building the program / curriculum.  Unimat will introduce the sim as one of its workshop STEM programs. Interesting times ahead.  

Our cockpit design and concepts

Main instrument panel A320 Cockpit 

Detailed A320 cockpit graphic 

As a test platform our representation of the cockpit environment will be very loose in nature. It is expected that the pilot/crew interface will be fluid and adjusted as required.  The idea being that we evolve the cockpit to best serve a crew of four, the vehicle, and a flexible mission architecture.  

Educators have used flight simulators for a long time with both flight schools and after school programs.  Enthusiasts and flight sim gamers have been building hom made cockpits for even longer, and today a large industry has grown around supplying the public with cockpit parts and accessories.  The difference between our approach and everyone above is that VPACC is creating its own unique cockpit environment and vehicle.  For educators and enthusiasts it's a matter of replication of a number of real world aircraft, light prop aircraft for educators, commercial airliners for enthusiasts is the norm.  

Educators working with young students

MIT Lab using a desktop space simulator

 Students at Space Camp Huntsville Alabama

Students at Space Camp Huntsville Alabama