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Tuesday, April 30, 2002
A-OK! The Wings of Mercury Blasts Off
6:00 AM | Tristram Perry | Comment on this story

The space simulator software company You Are Go! has started shipping A-OK! The Wings of Mercury 3.0 for the Classic Mac OS. The educational game simulates America's first spacecraft, Project Mercury. Players can choose from orbital missions like John Glenn's 1962 flight or sub-orbital missions, simulating the first two American space flights by Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom.

The program also features the A-OK! Mission Control Center, an application that simulates the consoles at Mercury mission control and allows up to ten participants to assume the roles of Flight Dynamics Officer, Flight Surgeon, Cap Com, etc. The networked simulations can run on a LAN or over the Internet, and a tool kit for mission modification is included.

Here's an excerpt from the press release on this spacecraft simulator's staggering detail:

The operation of every gauge, light and switch in the spacecraft is simulated to a high degree of fidelity. So accurate are the spacecraft systems that users consult reproductions of the actual flight documentation used by the Mercury astronauts. The simulator can generate hundreds of failure scenarios that require split-second decisions to survive.
With the retail version priced at $59.95, A-OK! The Wings of Mercury 3.0 can also be had as a downloadable demo version for those who want to try before they buy. However, the demo version is restricted to sub-orbital, non-networked simulations and does not allow the use of the A-OK! Tool Kit. According to the company's web site, a Mac OS X-native version will be released shortly. The program is currently unavailable for Windows.

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