Alex and Brent Anderson spent most of today onboard the new USS Voyager at Renaissance Academy preparing the ship for a January launch (fingers crossed). This is what you call grit determination and true dedication - especially when you know this is all volunteer time. All of us who proudly claim to be devoted fans of the original USS Voyager at the Space Center, owe a debt of gratitude to the Andersons, Renaissance Academy, and all others who've put so much into designing, building, and programming this majestic simulator.
I was upstairs in my classroom adding four new Voyager cadets into our growing space and science club while Alex worked in the Voyager's Control Room. On today's punch list - readying a ship wide camera system. Who would have thought an iPad with camera could also work as an effective bridge camera?
The Voyager's computers (mac minis) have what I would claim as the coolest keyboards and mice in the fleet.
The Forward Bridge's computers are installed behind their protective plastic. Ignore the folding chairs. The ship's real chairs haven't arrived.
The Forward Bridge's stations are beautiful in design and construction.
The Rear Bridge still needs computers.
This ship has a unique feel about it. It is difficult to describe. You feel like you're aboard a ship with purpose and destiny. There's a calm about the ship that gives it a personality akin to the first Voyager. You feel at home. You feel an urge to GO. You want to give the order for warp speed and set sail for destinations far far away. You know something wonderful and disconcerting is waiting to be discovered out there in the darkness.
"I want to fly this ship right now," I said to Alex as he tinkered with the camera. He smiled. I knew he felt the same.
The Engineering / Sickbay hallway
The entrance to the brig / containment chamber
The walkway from Containment to the Forward Bridge.
Friends, the long wait for the new USS Voyager is nearly over. Are you saving your pocket money to buy one of those golden mission tickets?
If you're between the ages of 10 and 17 and not a member of the Voyager Club, now is the time to join (projectvoyager.org). We're about to form the battle squadrons for this year's Long Duration Mission.
Become a Voyager supporter. It is time. Contact me to learn how you can be a part of this great new adventure. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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