Space Camp Movie Behind The Scenes

Space Camp Goofs



"Er, someone wasn't on top of their game that day..."
See the goofs, blunders and plain ole mistakes in the 1986 Sci-Fi movie starring Kate Capshaw, Tom Skerritt, Lea Thompson More Cast

We believe the following are all legit mistakes. If we've bungled it, or you have additional info, please update us.

Thanks to Michael Ray Bower
Jinx the smartest robot gets max into space then after realizing thru computer that they have no oxygen & time for re-entry with Edwards Air Force base --he decides he must help get Max back safely --so he heads towards NASA control center--but once he arrives he never mentions Dadalous--or says White Sands alternate landing site --they figure it out after the morse code scene... You would think Jinx knew the alternate landing coordinates + Dadolous oxygen center..
Thanks to Michael Ray Bower
When Andy & Max are trying to retrieve air from Dadolus, she is too big to reach canisters so Max does it --but space suits are all the same size?? So they couldn't get past bars for canister regardless of who is out there.
Thanks to Michael Ray Bower
After installing the first oxygen tank in cargo bay, the accident happens with Anni & now they retrieve her, but the first oxygen tank is not secure -just sitting in the middle of the cargo bay with one blue cable attached...

So when they spin outta control and try to land back home thru re-entry, wouldnt the oxygen can flay around and maybe spark and explode?
Thanks to paul
When Max was trying to pull the oxygen tank free, it kept getting stuck and err, dropping back! Where was the gravity that enabled that to happen?
Thanks to Dan Hensley
The FRF (flight readiness firing" is absolutely a real part of what NASA would usually do prior to a launch, however... The writers and directors seem not to have done their homework too well because:

1. Thermal Curtain Failure is only mildly plausible IF the shuttle commander did not follow orders to reconfigure SRB heaters BEFORE the readiness firing or the heater reconfig did not occur due to technical malfunction. I should also state that the GLS / auto-sequencers on-board the shuttle are synched to the computers in the KSC firing room, and if anything were wrong, the GLS auto-sequencers on the ground would have shut down the entire operation, and if that would have failed, there are always the human intervention procedures in place should the computers fail.

2. The procedures for FRF testing event were not depicted accurately, not even close. In real life, you would have witnessed The NTD, OTC, Range Weather, PLT, Launch Director, and others on the KSC and JSC communications network performing FRF safety checks, communications checks, and almost a full flight prep procedure occur just because there could be huge liability if anything went wrong.

3. In the event that a shuttle launch takes place, you would not see things happen the way they did in the movie. In launch scenario, the shuttle would lift off and the roll maneuver would take place automatically by way of the on-board computer system commanding the three main engines and the SRB firing nozzles to gimble / swivel. You would hear "Houston, Atlantis..roll program" followed by "Atlantis, Houston, roger roll" or you would simply hear "Roger roll, Atlantis"

The next steps in the launch sequence from there would be "Throttle down" which is another computer controlled event followed by "Go at throttle up" and possibly a "no-action" call as the transducers aboard the shuttle sometimes reacts due to cabin stretch at such high altitudes and such high speeds.

4. The crew on-board does not drop the SRB's by hand. The SRB's drop at a pre-programmed time and at a specific altitude which is picked up by the on-board computers and controlled by that same system. Same thing with External Tank (ET)sep.

5. Prior to ET sep, the shuttle crew would be told that they are two engine TAL, press to ATO, then single engine TAL, followed by by negative return and then single engine ops 3. After negative return, they would be told by JSC who controls the flight right from lift-off; that they are press to MECO and then MECO will be confirmed once they are told they are go for MECO. Once MECO is achieved they are go for E.T. sep and then they would be told they are "Go for the plus-x and go for the pitch" followed by a communication telling them they are possibly not required to perform an oms burn and that the oms 2 tig is at a certain time and place in the next 20 or 30 minutes.
Thanks to Dan Hensley
The Kennedy Space Center does not control the shuttle flights once the shuttle leaves the pad. This is done by Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

One other goof in the movie is that the shuttle performs a roll to the "heads up" position before external tank separation to make for better communications with the satellite data and relay tracking system.

Bogus Blunders

Sometimes an apparent goof is not a real mistake

But, nothing bogus that we know yet for "Space Camp".
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