SpaceX Creates Spaceship-Docking Video Game Simulator

Plan on becoming an astronaut sometime in the future? If so, then you better start learning how to dock spaceships as early as now, which you can do via an actual video game simulator that private space company SpaceX  released just this Tuesday.

SpaceX Releases Realistic Spaceship-Docking Simulator

Being an astronaut is no easy feat because it’s all about taking samples and conducting experiments as much as it is about piloting spaceships and properly docking them in stations via hard turns and maneuvers, all without the aid of gravity.

Thankfully, you can learn how to do the latter since private space company SpaceX recently released a video game called “ISS Docking Simulator” that lets you (you guessed it)  dock your own virtual spaceship aboard the International Space Station (ISS) without the need to become an actual astronaut.

Released as a free game that you can play on your browser, the new offering by the company is based on a real software that SpaceX itself actually uses to train NASA astronauts on how to fly its Crew Dragon spaceship. Additionally, the game was released just two weeks before the actual spaceship will go on a test flight with seasoned NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.

If the flight proves to be successful, it will be the first American spaceflight since the year 2011, when U.S. space agency NASA decided to retire its space shuttle orbiter.

"The simulator will familiarize you with the controls of [the] actual interface used by NASA Astronauts to manually pilot the SpaceX Dragon 2 vehicle to the International Space Station," the SpaceX game's introduction reads. "Movement in space is slow and requires patience & precision."

The game reportedly simulates a touchscreen-panel interface, the same one that Hurley and Behnken will use on the actual spaceship. However, don’t expect the game to be easy because you will be tasked with maintaining control of the ship’s yaw, pitch, roll and speed as you approach the ISS.

Nevertheless, the game is a great way of experiencing what astronauts do up in space.

SpaceX Crew Dragon Pictured: A reporter takes a smart phone photo of a mock up of the Crew Dragon spacecraft during a media tour of SpaceX headquarters and rocket factory on Aug. 13, 2018 in Hawthorne, California. David McNew/Getty Images

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