H2I Group teams up with NASA and Jacobs Engineering to create a state-of-the-art simulator at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The Systems Engineering Simulator (SES) is a real-time, human-in-the-loop engineering space simulator. It trains astronauts for the space station and other advanced programs. The SES supports both crew training and engineering analysis of on-orbit operations where human and machine interfaces are important. Also, where significant interactions between vehicles and subsystems occur.
Having a simulator create real space exploration experiences is important in training the next crews going into orbit. In order to create real simulations, the simulator room needs to be completely blacked out. To do this, H2I Group created a unique 3-sided shell around the simulation screen. Portafab walls are supporting the shell for added structure. High-speed roll-up doors make for quick transitions between simulations.
The SES features four different simulation domes: Alpha Dome, Beta Dome, Mini Dome, and Video Wall. Each one has unique simulation experience. H2I Group helped outfit the Mini Dome. The facility was previously enclosed with black and gray curtains for many years. NASA’s goal was to replace the curtains with walls and doors on a limited budget. NASA Engineer, Jaime Garza found H2I when doing initial research on solutions for their situation.
Jaime Garza says, “The 2 new rooms designed and installed by the H2I crew in the NASA Systems Engineering Simulator really stand out nicely… The rooms add a modern, color coordinated experience to our NASA space simulation facilities. I believe using this modular well styled walls building approach is a recipe for success for any professional setting. The well-designed room additions make our facilities look good.”
H2I not only helped outfit this section of the minidome, but also created a fabrication shop in the same high bay. The fabrication shop features a custom double door to accommodate large mock-ups. The mock-ups can be rolled out without having to assemble and disassemble them, saving the engineers time. The last features are door handles and locks to meet strict NASA and Jacobs Engineering security standards.
The SES operates in both real time and non-real time environments. It also supports remote interactive simulations with other facilities. It records simulation data and provides it to customers in standard formats for post processing. The SES provides tools for strip-charting, graphical capturing, and data archiving. It functionally simulates a vehicle’s displays and controls, which are typically built to flight specifications. It can also be used in a more flexible environment to accommodate rapid prototyping. All of these features allow for a real space exploration experience to train in, troubleshoot, and fix issues on earth before they become an issue in space.
Other laboratories in the Johnson Space Center, featuring H2I Group solutions, are the water analysis lab, gas lab, and an asteroid sample lab that collects samples for colleges to use in research and discovery. Need an out of this world, unique solution to your facility’s problem? Contact H2I Group to learn how we can help.