The simulator has also been extensively used to develop aircraft controls. Contractors told the Voice last year that it was being used to help develop an airship for the U.S. Department of Defense.
"Ames' Vertical Motion Simulator is the largest, high-fidelity motion-based simulator on the planet!" said NASA contractor Kathleen Starmer in an e-mail. "Its incredible range of motion and interchangeable cab system allows it to simulate anything that moves, including fixed-wing airplanes, rotary-wing helicopters, space vehicles, airships, and even cars."
The simulator's unsurpassed flexibility makes it a national treasure," Starmer said.
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