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Posted: August 7, 2010 6:30 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Jasper Byrd will attend the Albert Einstein Academy this fall. Jasper Byrd will attend the Albert Einstein Academy this fall.
Jasper Byrd will attend the Albert Einstein Academy this fall.

Jasper Byrd, of Valencia, son of Brett and LeiAn Byrd, graduated from Level 1 of the Future Astronaut Training Program (FATP) July 15 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Jasper will be in grade 7 at Albert Einstein Academy this fall. His brother is Graham Byrd, of Valencia.

The four-day, introductory astronaut camp is for students entering grades 6-8 and emphasizes teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

Developed by Cosmosphere staff, FATP is a nationally recognized camp that motivates campers to seek careers in aerospace-related industries.

Throughout the week, campers train in space simulators such as the centrifuge, multi-axis trainer and stress simulator. They launch homemade rockets, and design and direct a robotic mission. The week culminates with a mission in the Cosmosphere’s Falcon III, the most realistic shuttle simulator outside of NASA, and the monitoring of another team’s mission in the mission control center They also tour the Cosmosphere’s world-renowned Hall of Space Museum and watch a live presentation of Dr. Goddard’s Lab.

The centrifuge is a rotating device that tests people’s reactions to forces encountered during launch and reentry; the multi-axis trainer spins riders 360 degrees in multiple axes while simulating tumble-type maneuvers that could be encountered in spaceflight; the stress simulator incorporates external stimuli into a mission to replicate stressful situations encountered in spaceflight. The Falcon III simulates launch, orbit, satellite deployment, reentry and landing.


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