Suborbital Operations Science Lab

The lab simulates a space vehicle and associated control center to perform takeoffs and landings from conventional runways and flights up to 350,000 feet. The simulator consists of aviation control and display hardware, a Head-Up-Display, modified X-Plane software, and compressed air for a pressure suit.

The simulator’s baseline profile is a rocket-propelled ascent followed by a glide descent to the departure airfield; however, the system can easily be configured to simulate point-to-point flights.  The simulator records 56 flight data parameters, such as angle of attack and acceleration forces, that are available for analyses.  

Potential research topics include; astronaut spatial, temporal perception and attentional allocation, biometric analyses, energy-limited traffic avoidance maneuvers, in-flight emergencies, knowledge sharing, distributed supervisory control, fatigue effects on communication, mission control operations and communications, pressure suit ergonomics, propellant management for contingencies and diversions, safety processes and procedures, and suborbital flight energy management.


  • 2 computers
  • Mission Control Center - 5 computers

Lab Information

Phone: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416.

Email: Daytona Aviation Labs at

Location: Building 341, Rooms 355 and 355A