A grandfather in Southampton has received huge praise after building an incredible replica of a Space X module for his grandson, who dreams of becoming an astronaut when he grows up.
A video shared online early this month shows the white “NASA” shuttle giving off steam when its “thrusters” are activated, while a mini radar dish spins on top of the shuttle.
An American flag and ‘United States’ can be seen on the outside, while inside a sophisticated panel of buttons controls everything from the radar, thrusters and steam to the main engine and blue lights.
The replica of the shuttle was created by a grandfather in Southampton who wanted to surprise his grandson, who dreams of becoming an astronaut
Video shared online shows the white ‘NASA’ module with a rotating radar, escape hatch, steam pipes and access doors
The shuttle was made by ‘Grandpa Patrick’ in his garage, according to the social media user who posted it
The United States exterior is decorated on the outside, while one of the sides has an LED-lit escape hatch
Inside the module, an advanced panel of buttons controls everything from the radar, thrusters and steam to the main engine and blue lights
A panel of buttons on the ceiling also controls the radar, thrusters and a fan
The awesome shuttle replica comes with working doors, an escape hatch with LED lighting and two cushioned seats.
The poster who shared the video said: “My cousin’s grandfather knew my cousin loved space and wants to be an astronaut.
He built this in his shed as a one-off project and none of us knew about it until it ‘landed’.
“Grandpa Patrick is a retired Esso technician. It’s really a garage built, I’ve seen pictures of it under construction next to half finished cars and other stuff.
“It was a labor of love project for his grandchildren – he even made flight suits and helmets for them.”
They added: “Many features are not on the video, such as speakers that play NASA flight recordings with different button presses, the door works, and it can even be placed on special ‘lander legs’.”
The creation is hailed online as ‘child-determining’.
The radar on top of the shuttle rotates as the metal pipes below emit steam
A folding door (left) acts as access to the shuttle, which features cushioned seats complete with seat belts (right)
The replica shuttle bears some resemblance to the Space X dragon module
One Reddit user said, ‘Grandfather of the year award there.
“A lot of love and dedication went into that project.”
Another said: ‘It’s absolutely incredible that he built this. I can’t imagine the time and effort put into this.
“These kids are incredibly lucky to have such a great grandfather.”
A craftsman just couldn’t believe the level of detail in the device, which looks a lot like Space X’s dragon module.
They wrote: ‘Seriously, I build and prototype things for a living and the complexity and craftsmanship of this play module amazes and scares me.
“I keep looking at it… The hinge on that hatch, the running lights everywhere, the handles, switches and LED panels, the vinyl seat cushions!”
Reddit users were impressed with the machine, with one saying it could easily fetch $100,000 if made to order.
Another professional maker said they would “easily charge $100,000” to build something similar.
They said, ‘I’ve worked on some professional projects that involved customization for this sort of thing.
“If a client hired us to design and build things like this, we would easily charge $100K to get it done.
“Not just cutting all the boards and pulling the wires, but just thinking of all the details, examining real components on a NASA module and all the fine details and finishing. That’s a lot of hours and a lot of different types of expertise.’
Another agreed, adding: ‘I was a manufacturer and mechanic in a past life and this is unbelievable.
“The amount of detail and customization Grandpa put into it could easily cost tens of thousands of dollars at a pro shop.”