Calgary International Airport, Calgary, AB, T2E 6W5
Dubbed the greatest destination north of NASA, this new feature at the Calgary International Airport will give you plenty to do while you're waiting to board.
|Getting There |||Airport Trail NE east to Barlow Trail, on the third floor of the Calgary International Airport|
|Mon – Fri 9AM – 9PM; Sat & Sun 9AM – 5PM|
Profile Last Updated: May 08, 2009
Spaceport is an interactive educational and play area on the mezzanine level of the airport, offering plenty to do for everyone, young and old. In this 10,000 square foot area, airport visitors have the opportunity to truly experience space, flight and high-tech communications. Calgarians are also encouraged to make the trip to the airport to learn about space and the future of travel.
Great for kids
Spaceport offers a spot for children's birthday parties, and two types of school programs (stage shows and workshops), which encourage school kids to learn everything from problem solving in space to what it's like to live in a spacesuit. Teachers also have the opportunity to combine stage shows and interactive workshops so that the field trip is specifically designed to meet the needs of their students.
Another of Spaceport's special features is several motion simulators on hand for visitors to try out. For the weaker of heart (or stomach) there's the FX2, which seats two people and combines a video game with the reality of motion. For the really adventurous, take a ride on Spaceport's 360 degree flight simulator. This one creates a virtual, fully interactive flying experience that mimics an F18 jet, so be prepared to be a pilot who can fly in any direction, including upside down. Two of these simulators can also be linked together so you and a friend can fly together, each controlling your own jet.
Go to the moon
There's also the Morphis ESP, an eight-person motion simulator in a space age capsule with the latest surround sound technology and incredibly realistic digital imagery. Choose from three four-minute ride films, including A Tour Through the International Space Station with astronaut Dr. David Scott, leader of the Apollo 15 mission. This film was created especially for SpacePort and provides a realistic guided tour of an exact replica of the International Space Station.