Mission: SPACE

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Dates
Announced
April 20, 2000 (2000-04-20)[1]
Soft Opening
June 2003 (2003-06)
Opening
October 9, 2003 (2003-10-09)[2]
Address
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Latitude — 28.37398
Longitude — -81.5466461
Building Descriptions
Construction Cost
$150,000,000

Mission: SPACE is one of the most advanced ride simulators ever built. It contains a centrifuge which simulates the g-forces of a rocket launch on your way to Mars. The ride was originally sponsored by Compaq until their merger with Hewlett-Packard.

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[edit] Story

The story takes place in 2036 on the seventy-fifth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man in space. Guests are training at the International Space Training Center for a human mission to Mars aboard the X-2 Deep Space Shuttle. The guests are assigned a role for the flight (navigator, pilot, commander or engineer) and have two tasks to perform during a flight. Some of the tasks include the commander initiating the rocket's first-stage separation and manual flight control. If there are no guests or the guest does not react, the auto-pilot will take over the task.

Guests go through the lift off from ISTC and slingshot around the moon for a gravity-assisted boost before put into hypersleep. Once revived from hypersleep, guests are awoken to prepare for a landing on the Martian surface. The attraction ends once guests are safely on Mars' surface.[3]

[edit] Design

The design of the ride took 650 Imagineers more than 350,000 hours to develop and design Mission: SPACE. This took place over a five year period before construction began.[4]

[edit] Construction

Originally the plans were to use the old Horizons building with extensive re-theming to match the new space theme. One reason for reusing the building was to keep the costs down. Another reason is it would skirt laws on making the building ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant since it would be a rehab instead of a new structure.

Part of the problem with this plan was the centrifuge units required extensive anchoring. To build the anchoring, it would have required a lot of the building removed. Disney Imagineers realized that saving the building would never happen; this is why the building was demolished.

The ride was built on the former site of Horizons which closed down in 1999. The attraction was built with engineers from Compaq in the beginning stages of the construction. Compaq was then taken over in May 3, 2002 (2002 -05-03) Hewlett-Packard who took over the sponsorship and the final construction of the ride. The hardware used to run the simulator was designed by Environmental Tectonics Corporation in Pennsylvania.

[edit] Ride System

The ride system uses a centrifuge to create the illusion of speed by spinning the capsules. The capsules also tilt and rotate to simulate turns. The ride creates forces twice that of the earths, doubling your weight. In front of each rider is a high-resolution screen which displays computer generated footage of the ride as seen from your seat. The ride spins at a speed of 35 mph, generates up to 3g's, and cost Disney nearly 100 million dollars.

[edit] Sickness and Health

Because of it being a centrifuge, motion sickness is the main issue with the ride. Fans inside the pods blow air on the riders to help with the sickness. After the first few months of operation, sickness bags were added to assist in helping clean up the ride. This was a first in theme park ride history. There are signs and warnings about the sickness issue posted in many places before you enter the actual ride. Several people have been taken to the hospital in Celebration, Florida complaining of chest pain and nausea. Most of these issues were with riders over 50 and did not have any long term effect. Two people have actually died after riding this ride. Neither were caused by the ride but the ride aggravated unknown or known health issues. The first rider to die had an enlarged heart that was undiagnosed while the other rider suffered from high blood pressure and died of a stroke. Your chance of dying on Mission: Space is actually less than being struck by lightning or dying in a plane crash.

[edit] Green and Orange Team

On May 19, 2006 (2006 -05-19), the ride was separated into a Green and Orange Teams. The Green Team (Half-Throttle) is the less intense version of the ride where the centrifuge does not spin. This makes the ride feel tamer with the lack of the lateral g-forces. The Orange team (Full Throttle) is the original ride setup.

[edit] Original Plans

The original plans would have had guests load into a futuristic shuttle similar to Star Tours with several rows of seats. Guests would take a trip to a space station built into an asteroid. Once inside that asteroid, guests would be free to tour the Asteroid; the rest of the pavilion.[5]

[edit] Sponsors

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