The Starship Valiant is coming back after taking an abnormally long siesta. The Valiant is located in a long trailer. Twenty-five percent of the trailer makes up the Valiant's briefing room. The closet-sized Control Room is situated between the briefing room and simulator. The Valiant itself makes up the remaining 70% of the trailer. Dave Moon, the Valiant's creator, and owner donated the ship to the Telos Discovery Space Center two weeks ago. It was time for the simulator to be put to good use.
The Valiant was designed by myself, Dave Moon, and Shelley Ellington. Its missions were written in the Union Guard universe (another universe from my overworked imagination). The trailer's opened to the public in June 2011 at Thanksgiving Point's Museum of Ancient Life. It was staffed by the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center in a joint partnership.
The Valiant was moved to Park City High School in November. Casey Voeks ran a school-based program from November to May. He ran the Valiant and lodged with iWorlds founder Wes Smith during that time. It is safe to say that Casey is the one person who knows the the ship inside and out. Afterward, the simulator was retired to Provo where it sat in mothballs for five long years.
Fast forward to June 2017. The Valiant is back!
|The Valiant's new home at Telo's U's new campus in Vineyard, Utah.|
|Megan Warner, Maeson Busk, Ryan Anderson, Kendrick Gines, Nathan King and I inspect the Valiant|
I was surprised to find the Valiant in fairly good repair after having sat through so many season changes. The chairs need replacing. The electrics need a good going over. The computers work but may need to be upgraded. Overall, with a bit of TLC the Valiant will be relaunched to much fanfare and celebration. It was and is a beautiful ship.
Telos Discovery Space Center hopes to find a home for the Valiant at a school somewhere in the Springville / Spanish Fork area to service the needs of our space-faring friends down south.
An Article from the Daily Herald on The Opening of the Valient at Thanksgiving Point. June 11, 2011
Construction Resumes on the Starship Hyperion at Telos U in Vineyard, Utah
|The Hyperion's walls are going up. Construction has resumed.|
With the closing of the Merit Academy location, and the hiring of Megan Warner to direct operations at Canyon Grove, Dr. Ryan Anderson is free to work full time on the Hyperion's construction and curriculum. The pause gave Telos time to reconsider the Hyperion's design. Reflecting on the ship's original design, and the design of other simulators in Utah County, the Telos team decided to enlarge the Hyperion by adding extra storage, a sick bay, and an engineering bay.
The Troubadour will keep you updated on the Hyperion's construction.
Well, If the Hyperion is Under Construction, Where did InfiniD Go?
Our good friends at InfiniD have moved office locations from the second to the third floor at Telos U in Vineyard. You can't run a business in a construction zone. Casey, Skyler, Brooks, and Kendrick can work anywhere. Give them computers, provide a quiet place to Imagineer, and get out of their way while they work to revolutionize education. From humble beginnings come great things.