Suborbital Operations Science Lab

The Applied Aviation Sciences Department operates a Suborbital Space Flight Simulation and Mission Control Center, which together comprise the Suborbital Operations Science Lab, located in Room 355 of Building 6 at the Daytona Beach Campus. 

Suborbital Operations Science Lab

Suborbital Operations Science Lab

The Applied Aviation Sciences Department operates a Suborbital Space Flight Simulation and Mission Control Center, which together comprise the Suborbital Operations Science Lab, located in Room 355 of Building 6 at the Daytona Beach Campus. The lab simulates a space vehicle and associated control center to simulate takeoffs and landings from conventional runways and flights up to 350,000 feet. The simulator consists of aviation control and display hardware, head’s-up-display, modified X-Plane software, and compressed air for pressure suits. 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 and 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. 

Lab Information

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email DaytonaBeach@erau.edu.