NASA FLIGHT SIMULATOR CHAIR

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Lot 59W
NASA FLIGHT SIMULATOR CHAIR

Sold for US$ 4,750 inc. premium

Space History

20 Jul 2016, 13:00 EDT

New York

NASA FLIGHT SIMULATOR CHAIR
Flight simulator chair, painted metal with vinyl seat, back, and arm cushions, 32 inches tall, 23 wide and 23 deep, each arm mounted with one 5 x 5 x 5 inch metal box, right box fitted with red press button and toggle switch, with 7½ inch rotational hand controller, left box translational hand controller, each box connected to power box fitted to bottom of seat, one side of power box with red "ON/OFF" switch, taped label reading "JL/RX," and male power connector, other side connected to cables and marked in black "JL/TX" and with male VGA-type connector labelled in marker "R5232," underside of chair with blank paper label reading: "NASA LYNDON B JOHNSON SPACE CENTER. MOVE IDENTIFICATION, and additionally stenciled "DATE MFG. CHROMCRAFT CORPORA[TION]. ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI. INT. FED. SPEC. AA-C-00. FSN: 7110-273-8782. OCTOBER 16, 19[70-illegible]."

This "robotics chair" was used at Johnson Space Center during the early days of the space shuttle program to train astronauts on remote maneuvering systems operations. This meant one of two things, depending on what software was being used. The astronaut could view a screen that showed a virtual Shuttle Remote Manipulator System - the famous 50-foot-long "Canadarm" manufactured in Canada and used to lift satellites out of the cargo bay, or retrieve satellites already in orbit for repair. (The most famous example of this was the re-focusing of the Hubble Space Telescope, which ensured decades of awe-inspiring pictures.) The translational hand control on the left controlled the hand (or "end effector") so it could grapple or release items, while the rotational hand control on the right controlled the pitch, roll, and yaw of the "wrist joint" near the end. This simulated what astronauts in orbit would experience, using similar rotational and translational hand controllers in the orbiter's aft flight deck flight crew station.

Using different software, this same chair was used to simulate the use of thrusters so the space shuttle could maneuver for docking. This first occurred during the STS-71 mission in 1995, when the shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian space station Mir. For the remainder of the space shuttle program, many astronauts arrived at, or left, the International Space Station using the docking maneuvers practiced years before in this simulator.
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