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Lunar Module Simulator

This is a pretty loose project that has been going on for a while. The idea is to make at least 3 hardware panels and the controllers necessary to operate Ron Monsen's Eagle Lander 3D.

So far I've experimented with using switches connected to a keyboard encoder from Hagstrom Electronics, an old Microsoft Sidewinder and a 3dconnexion SpaceNavigator 3D for controlling the simulator with good results.

I just found this piece of hardware online, and it looks really promising since it can output keyboard macros: PoKeys55T

The plan ahead is to get some metal panels CNC'ed from the CAD-drawings I've made of panel 1,2 and 3 (see Files-section) and equip them with switches and if possible; gauges.

Progress so far:

CAD-drawing of panel 1,2 & 3 - DXF-format (drawn with QCAD)
PDF of panel 1 &2 (A0)
PDF of panel 3 (A0)

Here are some  VERY crude pictures from my very first setup using the Hagstrom keyboard encoder connected to a couple of switches.

At least they give an idea of what the project is about, although the full-size panels are almost incomparable in size 🙂

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  1. That looks awesome! I would love to try it.

  2. Pretty cool! 😀 How much it does costs?

  3. I have access to some old TV equipment which may be able to supply some of the control panel parts. All would be donated to you project. I am not a reseller, but a engineer in the TV/movie industry. Feel free to contact me if you like.

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