Cosmosphere adds motion flight simulator

Kansas Cosmosphere (KSN File Photo)
Kansas Cosmosphere (KSN File Photo)

HUTCHINSON, Kansas  (AP) – The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson is preparing to debut a motion flight simulator with a choice of six themed rides.

The pod-like machine, called the “naviGATOR,” will give visitors the feel of blasting off to the international space station, flying with the Navy’s Blue Angels or take part in some other flight.

Rides will be offered for the first time Friday. They last four minutes and cost $5 per person.

Former Hutchinson resident Julie Purin won a contest to name the simulator and chose “naviGATOR,” inspired by the 1986 science fiction movie “Flight of the Navigator.” Cosmosphere officials had been calling it the Predator. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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