The Next Generation Flight Controller Trainer (NGFCT) is a relatively inexpensive system of hardware and software that provides high- fidelity training for space-shuttle flight controllers. NGFCT provides simulations into which are integrated the behaviors of emulated space-shuttle vehicle onboard general-purpose computers (GPCs), mission-control center (MCC) displays, and space-shuttle systems as represented by high-fidelity shuttle mission simulator (SMS) mathematical models. The emulated GPC computers enable the execution of onboard binary flight-specific software. The SMS models include representations of system malfunctions that can be easily invoked. The NGFCT software has a flexible design that enables independent updating of its GPC, SMS, and MCC components.

This work was done by Scott Arnold, Matthew R. Barry, Isaac Benton, Michael M. Bishop, Steven Evans, Jason Harvey, Timothy King, Jacob Martin, Al Mercier, Walt Miller, Dan L. Payne, Hanh Phu, James C. Thompson, and Ron Aadsen of United Space Alliance for Johnson Space Center.


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