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June 9, 2015 AT 5:00 am

Space Shuttle Control Center Project #makereducation

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Super awesome tutorial from BenM19 on instructables!

This is a toy I made for my son’s 3rd birthday. It is a “Space Shuttle Command Center,” essentially a glorified light switch box 🙂

Inspiration came from a 99-volt light-and-switch box my step-brother’s dad made way back in the day, and also from this incredible Mission Control Desk project.

The box is divided into 2 parts: one controlled by an Arduino powered by a USB phone charger, and the other side is a simple parallel circuit powered by a 9V battery. The 9V side is 6 switches with LEDs (on the bottom right) then the Arduino side is an LED bar graph controlled with a potentiometer, a countdown timer started with a momentary switch (big red button), the engine light (an LED behind the transparent image of the shuttle taking off), and the audio chip from a greeting card that plays at T-minus Zero.

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