A few days ago I shared a few photos updating you Troubadours on the construction of the UCS Everest and UCS Pathfinder at Canyon Grove Elementary in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Tonight I'd like to share an update posted to Dreamflight Adventures' blog on the construction of one of their new simulators, the IKS Dreamcatcher at Penn Hills Elementary School, Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. This update was written by none other than Admiral Starblayze. I'm excited to see the progress both companies are making as they expand upon the concept of experiential education inspired by the Voyager simulator model I created in 1983. Congratulations DreamFlight Adventures! The IKS Dreamcatcher is beautiful (even with its McDonalds' colors).
by Admiral Starblayze
Shipyard Log: IKS Dreamcatcher Construction Update
The following images were relayed from our field reporters visiting the shipyard where the IKS Dreamcatcher is being constructed. The vessel is set to launch later this fall, and until that time these images are classified as Top Secret. Please enter thumbprint to confirm access level..
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This is the lobby at the brand new Penn Hills Elementary where the IKS Dreamcatcher is docked. Let's go in for a closer look.
Here we see the Dreamcatcher immediately after passing through the decontamination entryway. The wall on the left will house a giant digital viewscreen so the crew can see the outside world as they adventure throughout time and space on their epic missions. The screen on the far wall will provide supplemental tactical information to assist the crew.
The Pilot, Navigator, and other key crew members will sit at control stations. The command officers will sit in the central rear posts to oversee the crew.
The control panels have not yet been installed. They are being configured and used to train a new cohort of Flight Directors to guide our adventurers on their daring missions.
Also, you'll notice something amiss with the color scheme. The bridge bears the Penn Hills colors, but it also conveys an urge to order a Big Mac and large fries. The coloring and paneling are scheduled to be revisited before the ship's maiden voyage.
Here Admiral Zenobia is inspecting the bridge lighting systems. It's essential that the red lights function properly, as the crew may well end up spending most of their time in the throes of red alerts!
Here's a more peaceful splash of blue... a sight that will only last a few moments after the crew embarks on their mission.
The ship has come a long way, and its construction has been a labor of love. Only a few short months until she's ready to fly!
Stay tuned for more updates as the IKS Dreamcatcher prepares for launch!