Mission: Space

Monday, November 12, 2001 8:00 AM
Anyone nows what the Mission: Space at EPCOT will be...I've heard it will be something BIG...like a S:TE or something like that....anyone knows???
Monday, November 12, 2001 8:33 AM
It's supposed to be a themed experience built around four centrifuge capsules, like the ones used to train astronauts.  wdwmagic.com covers the construction weekly.
Monday, November 12, 2001 8:40 AM
Here are some pics and a story on construction.



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Monday, November 12, 2001 9:15 AM
I heard at one point you get to float adn expreience zero gravitym just like astronauts do! I really hope there is no budget cut on this but it just might happen.

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Monday, November 12, 2001 10:04 AM
Hows that possile though?  I had an idea for it.  It would be like those skydive trainer things.  Where you are in a tall cylindrical room nd wind shoots you up into the air.  It looks like fun.  BTW, has anyone ever been in one?
Monday, November 12, 2001 10:49 AM
looks, and sounds pretty sweet to me!
Monday, November 12, 2001 1:14 PM
I'm speculating, but this is what I'd guess based on my experiences following Mission: Space

The actual ride portion of the pavilion is comprised of two centrifuges, each with four 'pods' about their circumference.  I do not know how many people each pod will seat.

The pods will 'spin up,' and will be what I can only think to describe as a motion simulator (with real motion!) and Mission to Mars.  The onboard effects will simulate launch into space, with the forces created by the spinning corellating to what the guest is seeing on the screen.

Once you reach space, the speed of the centrifuge is gradually slowed, first with an deceleration greater than the positive acceleration the guest is experiencing.  The deceleration will slow to match the deceleration of the guest, thus creating the feeling of weightlessness.

At least, that's what I think the ride system is designed to do.  I could be a bit off, but that's it in a nutshell.  Now, let's just hope it all works the way it's supposed to, and we don't see any centrifuge pods flying across Future World.

~ Michael ~


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