Shuttle Launch Experience® combines the detailed accounts of astronaut experiences with the expertise of premier design engineers to produce a true-to-life experience unique to visitor attractions around the world. The technical highlights include an amazingly realistic simulation of the space shuttle’s eight and a half-minute ascent into orbit, custom-designed crew cabins with unprecedented vertical range, high-definition audiovisual effects, and advanced seating effects to maximize the sense of realism.
The journey begins as crew members enter the Shuttle Launch Experience® on the gantry inside Space Shuttle Atlantis℠. As you ascend, astronaut testimonials set the stage for what is to come.
Entering the heart of space shuttle operations for the pre-launch briefing, crew members are guided by veteran space shuttle Commander Charlie Bolden as he takes them step-by-step through the launch sequence.
Passengers then enter the crew cabin in the space shuttle’s payload bay and strap in for launch. For the next five minutes, the cabin’s 44 passengers see, feel and live the powerful journey to 17,500 mph. The payload bay doors open, to reveal a breathtaking view of Earth seldom seen in the first person. After this experience, visitors will never view a launch in the same way.