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JOURNAL ARTICLE
Aviation Week & Space Technology
AERObyte

July 15, 2002
Edited by Michael A. Dornheim

Shuttle Tower

The Kennedy's Space Center will be getting a new control tower for the space shuttle landing facility next year, and many features will have been determined by NASA Ames' FutureFlight Central Tower simulator, which creates a 360-degree out-the-window view (see photo).

Image of the space shuttle as viewed from the FutureFlight Central control tower simulator Using a model of the Kennedy Space Center terrain, the location, orientation and height of the proposed tower were adjusted for better visibility than the current tower under a range of visibility and weather conditions simulated by the FutureFlight Central tower. The interior layout is also being evaluated for good human factors at the Ames facility.
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