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Nav
07-01-2004, 22:40:56
This has been mentioned here before, but as it's just been updated with extra features, textures, and graphical effects, I thought I'd give it a mention.

This is HARDCORE. This isn't a game. Real physics are the order of the day, be prepared to brush up on your Orbital Dynamics 101. Thankfully it comes with an excellent manual in PDF.

Recent versions have added detailed clouds (with shadows), re-entry effects, higher resolution textures as well as an improved atmospheric flight model.

www.orbitersim.com (http://www.orbitersim.com)

johngalt
07-01-2004, 22:42:18
Kewl - taking the FS to the final frontier. I like it.

Nav
07-01-2004, 22:45:57
I've had so much fun with this (despite it not being a game...).

Launched from Cape Canaveral (not using the shuttle), syncronised orbits with the ISS, successfully docked, and than transferred to luna orbit for tea. :)

oh yes and RTFM.

johngalt
07-01-2004, 22:55:24
rtfm - I tell ppl that lall te time - but do they?


nooooooooooooooooooo.


*I* do. religiously.

Nav
07-01-2004, 23:07:47
well if you try to play this without RTFM, you'll get absolutely nowhere. In fact unless you've got two computers or two monitors you'll need to print it out.

Debaser
07-01-2004, 23:31:01
That looks awsome. Sadly, I'll never know how good it really is. *sob*

QtFLW@Work
07-01-2004, 23:55:34
I think I managed to almost get to orbit the first time I "played" this. Be nice to see how my new vidcard handles the gfx! :D

johngalt
08-01-2004, 00:42:34
Originally posted by Nav
well if you try to play this without RTFM, you'll get absolutely nowhere. In fact unless you've got two computers or two monitors you'll need to print it out.

lmfao - I have my monster machine to play games with my 21" monitor and then I have a laptop - both networked on the same subnet and I can use the same B /Mouse for both using a software called "Synergy".

I am ready to rock.s

Sir Penguin
08-01-2004, 01:56:48
Getting into orbit is really easy. You just go until the orbit circle on the display encompasses the ground circle. It's going places that's the hard part.

SP

DaShi
08-01-2004, 04:09:05
Seriously. How could I miss Jupiter? It's Jupiter, damn it!

Although, I missed the sun too. :(

MoSe
08-01-2004, 15:39:20
9/11 space simulator?

Nav
08-01-2004, 16:25:43
Originally posted by Sir Penguin
Getting into orbit is really easy. You just go until the orbit circle on the display encompasses the ground circle. It's going places that's the hard part.

SP Try to take off into orbit in the ShuttleA (a cargo ship), it's very heavy, but it's got these cool adjustable retro rockets.

I've done a successful transfer to the moon using the Transfer MFD, but I can't figure out how to use it to get back!

Guy
08-01-2004, 17:16:55
Cool! This is the first update to Orbiter in quite a while, isn't it? I fell out of touch with it for awhile. Will definitely have to give this a fresh try. Thanks, Nav!

Nav
09-01-2004, 00:33:26
Just completed a very succesful transfer from the Earth to Mars, using the new transx MFD. Very complicated but once you work it out it's a lot easier for interplanetary flights than the standard Transfer MFD. Cool (and addictive) stuff.