Dec. 5 marks the 20th
anniversary of the Virtual Reality Laboratory (VRL) at Johnson Space Center.
The VRL is an immersive training facility that provides real-time graphics and motion simulators integrated with a tendon-driven robotic device to provide the kinesthetic sensation of the mass and inertia characteristics of any large object (about 500 pounds) being handled.
This date also marks the 20th
anniversary of the first extravehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk, of the Hubble repair mission on STS-61. This was the first EVA crew to train in the VRL. The picture below shows training for that first mission 20 years ago compared to the lab and training today.
During that time, no facility allowed an EVA crew member to ride on a robotic arm operated by another crew ... read more