Project: Space Station

Open the pod bay doors, HAL. HAL! Open the pod bay doors!The last couple of days, I’ve been 0wn3D from a blast from the past: a game I played in my childhood, Project: Space Station. I don’t remember where we bought this in Dayton, but it was at some electronics store, and the title was down to $10. [Mind you, this is post-Challenger, and I’m fairly certain that we weren’t flying STS at the time. That whole event drove lots of people away from aerospace … it drew me to it. I never was a normal child…]

I still find it very playable. I remember some of the crew combinations for on-orbit R&D over 15 years later, which is really kind of sad when you think about it. Of course, the goofiest thing is that one of the crew slots is “aerospace engineer” … which is a title and a degree that I actually hold [regardless of how little true aerospace engineering I do professionally; an Industrial Engineering background would have better prepared me for my present position]. It’s kinda goofy to have my on-orbit AE take out an EVA pod—heh, wish we had those in real life!—and tool around up there. Kinda makes me want to go myself.


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  1. When your doing research does it eventually switch off after something like 2000 staff hours because I have been researching cancer research and its a real equipment hog and I am wondering if eventually it will shut off and I can just keep going or what…

  2. Has anybody compiled a listing of what research projects need who & when? I’m struggling with the crop disease R&D project; made it through the first two milestones, and now I’m getting a “not enough of the right type scientists on this project” message.

  3. Has anyone got a manual for this game? I first plaid it on a 8088, although I crash every time I land It works fine on my 380Z Thinkpad. Someone should make an updated version that retains the original gameplay.

  4. Anyone have a current link for this game? My brother and I played the crap out of it like 20 years ago and I want to get it for him for Christmas. I don’t see any links here other than the underdogs link which is busted.

  5. FOR ANYONE who can answer, I have a question. As the link above is defunct, where can I download a copy of Project Space Station. Also, do I need to have a c-64 simulator? A few years back I looked into this but couldn’t get any simulators to work. Can I find a purely “PC-compatiblized” version of the game to download? If not, where is the best place to find a user-friendly simulator download?

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