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ATX™ Astronaut Training

    ATX™ Astronaut Training

    ATX™ Astronaut Training

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    ATX Astronaut Training: £123
    ATX Astronaut Training: £123
    ATX Astronaut Training: £124

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    Ticket Details

    • Astronaut training including motion-based Spaceflight Simulators
    • Full Scale Space Shuttle Mission Simulation
    • Briefing from veteran NASA Astronauts and space exploration educators
    • ATX T-shirt, pen, certificate and commemorative photo
    • Signed astronaut lithograph
    • Snacks and drinks

    Our Guide to ATX™ Astronaut Training

    ATX Astronaut Training at Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex features an exciting combination of hands-on training activities and simulation experiences designed to prepare participants for the rigors of space flight. You’ll hear first-hand from veteran NASA Astronauts and space exploration educators as you progress through mission simulations and space exploration activities.

    Your Astronaut Training Experience starts with a mission briefing with a veteran NASA astronaut. Enjoy a question and answer session with one of the few people on the planet who have explored beyond our Earth. Afterwards it’s your turn to take the helm as you practice the skills you’ll need to complete your mission. Under the guidance of trainers and space flight experts learn how to execute a high-Earth orbit to rendezvous, dock with and perform critical repair work on the International Space Station then land the space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center.

    To prepare your body for space flight, you’ll need to test your strength and stamina to be successful on simulators like the Micro-Gravity Wall, Multi-Axis Trainer and 1/6th Gravity Chair. At the Micro-Gravity Wall, you’ll be outfitted with harnesses and customised weights which allow you to climb and descend the wall in an almost effortless state. In the 1/6th Gravity Chair, a system of springs and pulleys help to create the feeling that you’re walking on the moon. The bravest of recruits will take on the MAT or Multi-Axis Trainer, a device that randomly spins and twirls its occupant in multiple directions and through 360º revolutions.

    Once you and your fellow crew members are sufficiently trained, it’s time to put your new skills to the test. You’ll perform a simulated space shuttle mission in which you’ll work individually and as a team.Each crew member is assigned a specific role and dependent on your role you’ll head to either the full-scale mock-up of the space shuttle orbiter or take the helm in a realistically outfitted mission control room. Cue scripts will prompt you and each member of the crew to recite specific lines during the space shuttle mission simulation, contributing to the realistic feel and overall success of your mission. At the end of your Astronaut Training Experience celebrate your certain success with a graduation “ceremony,” where you’ll be acknowledged for your hard work and be briefed about the future of the U.S. Space Program.

    Please Note: Your ticket does not include entrance to the exhibits at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – you must purchase an Admission Badge or a Space Pass should you wish to explore these areas before or after your ATX Astronaut Training Experience.


    The ATX programme runs every Saturday


    Check in at 8.30am. The programme starts at 9.00am and is completed by 1.30pm.


    Check-in at the ATX Center (formerly called the Astronaut Hall of Fame) which is 6 miles west of the main Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • How easy is it to get to Kennedy Space Center?
      Kennedy Space Center is located in Cape Canaveral, an easy 60-minute drive east of Orlando. 
    • Do I need to book a date for the ATX Astronaut Training Programme?
      The ATX Astronaut Training programme is a reservation only experience so you must book at date at the time of booking. 
    • Does my ATX Astronaut Training Experience Ticket include access to the other exhibits at Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex?
      No, if you would like to explore Kennedy Space Center Space Center Visitors Complex, you must by a separate admission ticket. Please see our Admission Badge and Space Pass options.

    Terms and Conditions

    • ATX Astronaut Training Experience operates on Saturdays only.
    • Advance reservations are required. You must select your chosen date at the time of booking.
    • ATX participants must be 14 years of age or older. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Some height and weight restrictions apply on certain simulators.
    • Shorts or trousers are recommended (no skirts). Athletic footwear preferred.
    • Participants should be free of neck and back injuries.
    • Transportation to Kennedy Space Center Visitors complex is not included.
    • Your ticket does not include entrance to the exhibits at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – a separate Kennedy Space Center Admission Badge or a Space Pass must be purchased should you wish to explore these areas.
    • Car parking is not included in the ticket price, appoximate cost is $10 per car, payable locally.

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