National Aerospace Training and Research Center

There’s a really cool place in Pennsylvania where you can get training on flight simulators. I’ve been to Space Camp back in the early 90s, and it was really great. This is much closer to New Jersey. You can go in a centrifuge (up to 6Gs if you take a physical). It’s called the NASTAR (National Aerospace Training and Research) Center. Training is free to all teachers.

The NASTAR Center
We combine state-of-the-art flight simulation with physiology-based courseware to optimize human performance in extreme environments.

Here’s a press release:


ETC’s The NASTAR Center Becomes NASA Space Place Community Partner

Southampton, PA, USA. May 28, 2013 – The NASTAR® Center, the premier commercial
space training and research center in the world, has been designated as a “NASA
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Space Place Community Partner”.  The NASTAR
Center and the NASA Space Place partnership help support mutual initiatives to
encourage, facilitate, and promote space-based education. The Space Place was
started in February 1998 as an education and public outreach project of NASA’s
New Millennium Program. The Space Place program includes a kid-friendly web
site ( and bulletin board displays at Community Partner
sites around the country. Its target audience is elementary-school-age kids.
As a Space Place Community Partner, the NASTAR Center has added a Space Place
display to its  Educator Resource Center (ERC).

“This is one more avenue where teachers and students who visit the NASTAR
Center can learn about current NASA projects,” said Gregory Kennedy, the NASTAR
Center Director of Education.  “NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,
California, has provided educational materials that will help us excite young
people about the space program,” he added.

The NASTAR Center is an Affiliate Member of the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant
Consortium and offers science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
educational programs for students and teachers.  To learn more about NASTAR’s
Education Programs, go to