Simulation Laboratories

NASA Ames Research Center


Advancing the Science of Flight

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From concept to test to final design, our facilities can simulate it all - be it as focused as flight deck integration or as expansive as interplanetary vehicle operations. Experience unsurpassed motion at the Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS), immersive visuals at FutureFlight Central (FFC), and realistic interfaces at the Crew-Vehicle Systems Research Facility (CVSRF).


SimLabs supports a wide range of research in aerospace systems and operations, human factors, and aviation safety. Our state-of-the-art simulation facilities are available to develop your future concepts and technologies. We will customize simulations to fulfill your requirements, and can connect with you through High Level Architecture for distributed real-time simulations.

Latest News

It has been an exciting year for aerospace research at SimLabs. Our 2011 SimLabs News Highlights detail research on cutting-edge air traffic management technology, the Large Civil Tilt-Rotor (LCTR), Green Aviation concepts, astronaut training, Control Allocation for the reduction of Pilot-Induced Oscillation (CAPIO), and many other projects. Past research can be found in the SimLabs Annual Reports.

Large Civil Tilt-Rotor Air Traffic Control Simulation Facilities Unmanned Aerial Systems Research
Large Civil Tilt-Rotor concept
at the Vertical Motion Simulator
Air Traffic Control Research
at the Crew-Vehicle Systems Research Facility
Real-time, distributed simulation experiments
with Unmanned Aerial Systems

Bringing Design Concepts to Virtual Life

At SimLabs, we bring your design concepts to virtual life. We pair innovative minds in the real world with the latest technology in a virtual world for a combination that is out of this world!

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Slideshow of the Vertical Motion Simulator construction, including the building of the VMS tower, motion system, and cabs.
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