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About this project

This is the Gemini instrument panel that will be upgraded for use in the ECLIPSE procedures simulator.
This is the Gemini instrument panel that will be upgraded for use in the ECLIPSE procedures simulator.

Project Overview

The crew procedures simulator will be a used to train people for orbital missions in the ECLIPSE spacecraft. SpaceOps will upgrade the existing cockpit layout and procedures from NASA's successful Gemini spacecraft of the 1960's. All avionics will be replaced with current qualified technology. Some new equipment will be added to the ECLIPSE that did not exist before, such as GPS.

This simulator will be a simple table mounted modular design to allow for easy relocation of panels and components to determine the best interior layout for a modern 2-seat orbital spacecraft. As we progress from the initial testing through final design of the actual ECLIPSE spacecraft, we will be upgrading this simulator along the way until it is certified to train crewmembers.

Project Details

The project will include the following efforts:

  • Design the simulator
  • Manufacturer the simulator
  • Test and setup the simulator

Project Schedule

We anticipate conservatively it will take 3 months to design and build the procedures trainer.

Backer rewards should start shipping within 2 months of funds being transferred.

Project Costs

To build this simulator and create rewards for our backers it will cost approximately $13,000. This includes donor rewards, the 5% fee to Kickstarter and the 5% fee to Amazon payments.    

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Stretch Goals

If this Kickstarter campaign is successful and we raise more funds than anticipated, we have plenty of areas to use the additional funds.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H Goal; full flight simulator.
S-T-R-E-T-C-H Goal; full flight simulator.

Our biggest priority is to build a fully functional flight simulator in addition to the simplified one we're starting with. The interior of the simulator will duplicate the cockpit of the ECLIPSE spacecraft in every way.  It will also be able to pivot 90° to allow for take-off and landing orientations. This will cost approximately $89,000.

The project will include the following efforts:  

  • Design of the structure.
  • Fabrication of welded steel base with motor for rotation.
  • Fabrication of a welded steel capsule frame.
  • Fabrication of seats, hatches, console, and interior structure.
  • Fabrication of display and control panels.
  • Fabrication of a partial exterior representing roughly the upper half of the ECLIPSE spacecraft. 
  • Shipping and final installation.

We anticipate conservatively it will take 6-8 months to build this trainer and have it operational. 

 Any funds over the $89,000 level and we would be able to do the following:

  • Continue analyzing, testing, and upgrading the crew procedures simulator.
  • Continue finalizing the CAD models of the ECLIPSE spacecraft.
  • Start the engineering and design of the payload module. This is the only part of the ECLIPSE system that will be an all new design. It will not only be used to house payloads into orbit but it also acts as the adapter between the ECLIPSE and the rocket booster .

The final numbers we need for our ultimate goal of building the ECLIPSE are:

  • $10 Million to complete engineering of the spacecraft, payload module, and start long lead procurement.
  • $30 Million to complete procurement and manufacture the flight certified ECLIPSE system.

About The Eclipse Program (The Big Picture)

Eclipse Capsule Sketch
Eclipse Capsule Sketch

SpaceOps will utilize previous flight rated and proven technologies to form the basis for manufacturing spacecraft vehicles, and will incorporate the latest modern avionics and flight systems for ensuring safety, reliability, and economical operation.  The spacecraft will be designed to carry a crew of 2 and approximately 10,000 to 15,000 pounds of cargo, depending on the ultimate weight of the spacecraft. This design also allows EVA (extra vehicular activity) also known as "space walking". This capability greatly enhances mission versatility. 

The original Titan-II rocket that boosted Gemini into orbit was limited to an orbital payload of only 8,500lb. SpaceOps proposes launch vehicles such as the SpaceX F 9 or the AtlasV which offer significant increases in launch mass. This allows us to offer an exceptional payload capability.

Exploded view of the ECLIPSE spacecraft.
Exploded view of the ECLIPSE spacecraft.

How safe is our system?

  • (Proposed) Proven Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle – 13 missions
  • (Proposed) Proven Atlas V Launch Vehicle – 36 missions
  • Proven spacecraft– 10 crewed missions & 3 unmanned missions
  • ECLIPSE includes crew ejection capabilities, an additional human safety factor under 50k feet

CAD Model of Gemini re-entry module.
CAD Model of Gemini re-entry module.

 About SpaceOps (The Even Bigger Picture)

Our Vision - To provide a manned launch capability, based in the U.S., at the earliest possible time.

Our Mission - To develop, build, operate, and maintain safe, reliable, competitively priced, man-rated spacecraft.

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Space Operations, Inc (SpaceOps) is a locally (Huntsville, Alabama) owned and operated company that was established to provide reliable, and technologically sophisticated spacecraft hardware focused on fulfilling the needs of carrying flight crews and vital cargo into space.

The business model is built to solve the problem of ‘blank sheet design’ that all other industry players battle. The ECLIPSE spacecraft will be a 21st Century version of the Gemini. The structure will be nearly identical to the original NASA plan with avionics and other systems, replaced with modern qualified components that need only to be integrated. The research and development activities which typically take many years and hundreds of millions of dollars have already been completed. In fact, the Gemini has flown thirteen times previously and is already man-­‐rated. Once fully funded, the ECLIPSE will be built and certified to fly in less than a year!

The ECLIPSE will be recovered on land.
The ECLIPSE will be recovered on land.

SpaceOps will offer the following capabilities:

  • Satellite Servicing & Repair
  • Space Tourism
  • Astronaut Transfer
  • New Space Station Construction & Resupply 
  • Satellite Deployment
  • Orbital Debris De-orbit

Space Operations Inc. Leadership 

Craig Russell - Founder & Chairman of the Board

Al Reisz - Chairman, Advisory Board

Justin Greene - Business Operations Manager

Craig Russell during astronaut training in 2010
Craig Russell during astronaut training in 2010
Al Reisz (L) receives AIAA 2011 Hermann Oberth Award from Mike Griffin (R)
Al Reisz (L) receives AIAA 2011 Hermann Oberth Award from Mike Griffin (R)
Justin Greene - Business Operations Manager
Justin Greene - Business Operations Manager
        

Space Operations Inc. Advisory Panel

SpaceOps has recruited experts in the various aspects of manned spaceflight to serve as advisors. These advisors have deep roots in the space business, some worked directly with and alongside Dr. Werner Von Braun and other members of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. SpaceOps is honored to have the valuable input from these respected space veterans. Advisors include:

Al Reisz

Gordon Woodcock                                 

Bill Peters                                     

Ed Kiker                                      

Ed Keith                                          

Gert Schmitz                                      

ManFred Segewitz                 

Gordon Woodcock (L) receives Lifetime of Service to the Space Community Award
Gordon Woodcock (L) receives Lifetime of Service to the Space Community Award
Bill Peters, Gemini Mission Control, circa 1965
Bill Peters, Gemini Mission Control, circa 1965
Ed Keith, Fundamentals of Rockets and Missiles
Ed Keith, Fundamentals of Rockets and Missiles
Ed Kiker, Chief Scientist, Kepler Space University
Ed Kiker, Chief Scientist, Kepler Space University
Gert Schmitz, after rocket test fire. circa 1969
Gert Schmitz, after rocket test fire. circa 1969
ECLIPSE I Mission Patch
ECLIPSE I Mission Patch

Risks and challenges

We have assembled a team of highly experienced individuals and companies who have built mock-ups and spaceflight simulators that are being used in museums across the country.

You can learn more about Space Operations Inc. on our website: http://www.spaceoperationsinc.com/

We are keeping our initial build-out simple on purpose. Taking advantage of inexpensive materials allows us lots of freedom to analyze and explore all possible options to create a very user friendly layout for our ECLIPSE spacecraft simulator. This also means our initial project cost will be much lower, increasing our chances for a successful crowdfunding project. Remember, with success on this campaign, our next one will focus on building ACTUAL ECLIPSE HARDWARE ! The Sky is NOT the limit.

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