What started as a small student project mushroomed into the clandestine, Special Assignment of a lifetime. The full-scale Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer, built for the NASA Fire Rescue Department KSC, was the size of the front of a 747.
Resolution! construction on the farm in Santa Maria, CA.
What takes NASA dozens of highly skilled individual, 2 years and $1-2 million tax dollars, had to be done alone, NO funding, and on the wrong side of the continent. To accomplish the impossible Chuck lived without running water, heat for a total of over 10 years to keep his word to deliver the Resolution. The journey to Florida took three months and was sent against the railroads orders.
Resolution! loaded on the railcar in Santa Maria, CA.
As one Shuttle launched, another entered NASA. The Resolution! was the only other Shuttle to be amongst The Fleet.
Resolution! on the railcar at the Kennedy Space Center, FL with the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in the background.
Chuck started working for NASA at 18 and has served on 8 Programs at 3 NASA Centers. He studied Astronautical Engineering at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA. He's a pilot, published research scientist and writer.
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Fun, exciting, heartfelt, and inspiring, this larger-than-life story of one young man's lifelong passion and pursuit of a place in NASA's history books is almost too incredible to be true -- except that it is true, and that makes it all the more compelling. The premise is relatively simple, but it taps into our most basic and universal ideals of courage, perseverance, ambition, and the refusal to accept limitations on the human spirit. Chuck's journey as he fights to prove himself worthy of his NASA dreams is something nearly everyone can relate to, and the plot inspires us all to pursue our loftiest dreams -- even with the ambiguous ending that the Resolution's story comes to. It reminds us that it's the pursuit of greatness that matters -- and that kind of message is sorely needed right now. Chuck is a compelling protagonist -- driven, likable, and sympathetic, but still with enough flaws and contradictions to make him human and interesting, and to give him room to grow and arc. The writer's passion for the story, world, and subject matter is apparent from the first page; it's infectious to the audience. And the rich detail and specificity brings the setting to life as a character all its own. All in all, it's a fascinating, energetic story, and a solid effort by the writer.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to Hollywood to have a movie made? Journey along with Chuck has he goes from NASA to Hollywood. What will happen when you introduce a NASA rogue element into Hollywood? Let's find out
Hollywood podcast interview with Chuck Ryan, Jr. on the story of the Resolution!
"Ryan's Shuttle Trainer is similar to the cockpit trainers developed by members of the Flight Control division, with a limited budget , and used by the mission controllers during Gemini and Apollo. The Resolution trainer is the product of Ryan's imagination and tenacity."
(Gemini, Apollo, Shuttle Flight Director, Director Mission Operations Directorate)