Mission Control Desk Powered By Arduino And Raspberry Pi (video)


If you are looking for a new project to build using a Raspberry Pi mini PC or Arduino controller and would enjoy playing with your own mission control desk or know a budding astronaut that might.

You are sure to enjoy this awesome DIY Mission Control Desk created by Jeff High Smith, made using a variety of switches, buttons and dials to create a fully featured command console that both adults and children are sure to enjoy playing with. Check out the video after the jump to learn more.

Mission Control Desk

Jeff High Smit explains the inspiration behind the awesome control centre desk : “My older son recently started school and needed his own desk for doing homework. I wanted to make something nicer than a simple tabletop with legs, and realized that I could also build in a bit of fun for when the homework is finished. Both my boys and I still had space travel on our minds from our summer trip to Kennedy Space Center. For this desk project, I decided to go with a NASA theme.

I researched the Apollo Program as well as NASA’s Mission Control Center, and designed my own console roughly based on those. I say “roughly” because the actual Mission Control does more monitoring than controlling, and isn’t awash in the whiz-bang rocket noises young kids appreciate. I took great liberties and made more of a “space-themed” play console than an accurate simulator. My goal was simply to provide some extra ideas and sound effects for my two sons to play “space” together.”

For more information on the awesome Raspberry Pi and Arduino powered mission control desk jump over to the MAKE website for details.

Source: MAKE