HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson is preparing to debut a motion flight simulator with a choice of six themed rides. The pod-like machine, called the "naviGATOR," will give visitors the feel of blasting off to the international space station, flying with the Navy's Blue Angels or take part in some other flight.
Rides will be offered for the first time Friday. They last four minutes and cost $5 per person. Former Hutchinson resident Julie Purin won a contest to name the simulator and chose "naviGATOR," inspired by the 1986 science fiction movie "Flight of the Navigator." Cosmosphere officials had been calling it the Predator.