I just came back from the Space Center a happier person than I was before. Dave Daymont, Megan Warner, Matt Ricks, Jon Parker, Zac Hirshci, and Connor Larson were there getting the Magellan, Phoenix and Galileo ready for our opening day on February 11. Think of what your bedroom looked like at it very worst, multiply that by 10 and now you understand what these six brave souls are up against. All will soon be put in order thanks to our outstanding staff and volunteers, several of whom are there working right now for NO pay. That is the spirit of the Space Center. You can't kill it even after being closed for six months!
The staff and volunteer's To Do List.
- Label all the wiring in the control room, then remove all the control room equipment so electricians and workman can install walls.
- Redo the prerecorded training on the stations taking longer than 20 minutes to train. Normally crews need 40 minutes to learn to fly the Magellan. We don't have 40 minutes. Our field trip crews must be trained and ready to fly in 30. We need to find a way to cut 10 minutes from our training time. Zac will work on that. Nobody knows the controls and the training better than Zac, who returns as the Magellan Set Director.
- Electricians will install dimming ballasts for the white lights next week.
- Electricians will install several new red alert lights in the Magellan next week.
- We need to adapt the Voyager's Intolerance mission for the Magellan. It's the only mission we can tell in that ship in one hour flight time.
- We need to get the Discovery cleaned up.
- We need to get the Intolerance tacticals and video ready for the Magellan. The Magellan looks like a StarGate ship and the Intolerance material we have shows a Galaxy class Starship. Yep, a problem.
- Dave and Megan are putting the Phoenix's equipment in the ship so it can be started up to see if everything works. The electricians will be in tomorrow to finish the Phoenix's to do list.
- The Phoenix's red lights do not turn on. Another item on the large To Do List.
- The Phoenix needs a serious deep clean.
- The Galileo needs plastic rivets to hang its interior walls.
- The Galileo's main entrance needs to be re engineered. The main hatch could fall open if the ship's is unplugged for several days and looses air pressure in the pneumatic system.
We have a lot to do in a short amount of time. I'm confident it is possible with the support we are getting from the Alpine District Maintenance Department and our outstanding staff and volunteers.
News from our Sister Space Center (Dream Flight Adventures) in Pennsylvania.
This information comes to us from Dream Flight Adventure's Founder and Genius, Gary Gardiner.