Recently I discovered that in March of 1969, when the lunar module ascent stage, 'Spider' was released during the Apollo 9 Earth orbital mission, the ascent engine was commanded to burn to fuel depletion. This resulted in an orbit of 6,934.4 × 230.6 km. That orbit lasted until the ascent stage re-entered and burned up on 23 October 1981. Since the Space Shuttle Columbia first flew on 12 April 1981, that means that, hypothetically, the Space Shuttle could have been dispatched to rendezous (and possibly capture) Spider. These are a series of scenarios utilizing the Shuttle Fleet and AMSO. Both addons must be in the same Orbiter installation, Orbiter 2010, to work properly. The scenarios are located in the Scenario folder 'Finding LM3(Spider)'. There is a launch scenario on 13 October 1981 and a stationkeeping scenario on 14 October 1981. Using the RPOP MFD, a flyaround is possible. The scenarios are based upon actual orbital elements for Spider from October 1981. Spider was NORAD catalog number 03771.
Orbiter 2010 Download
Orbiter 2010 is a space flight simulator game whose main objective is to respect the laws of physics in order to deliver the most realistic space voyage experience possible. This game gives you the opportunity to launch the space shuttle from the Kennedy Space Center and attempt to arrive safe and sound to the International Space Station. Orbiter 2010 is a space flight simulator game whose main objective is to respect the laws of physics in order to deliver the most realistic space voyage experience possible. This game gives you the opportunity to launch the space shuttle from the Kennedy Space Center and attempt to arrive safe and sound to the International Space Station. Orbiter Vehicles America's fleet of Space Shuttle orbiters are named after pioneering sea vessels which established new frontiers in research and exploration. NASA delved through the history books to find ships which achieved historical significance through discoveries about.
This is updating the SpaceLab to work with the Shuttle Fleet. The config file has two attachments, attachment '0' should be used if the ODS is present in the shuttle vehicle, and attachment '1' is used without the ODS. Two scenarios are provided, one with Columbia and no ODS, and one scenario includes Discovery with the ODS. The scenario files show how to use the attachements so that the lab is properly positioned within the bay. This is an update to the original SpaceLab V3.0 by Gandalf; the original add-on must be installed first for this update to work properly.
Posted Jul 6, 2014 16:17 by David413
This is version V1.0 of the Orbit Targeting MFD for use with the Shuttle Fleet V4.8 in Orbiter. In December of 2012, 'Indy91' published a LUA script that provided the ability to conduct rendezvous in a manner similar to that of the Space Shuttle astronauts during the shuttle program. Previous to that publication, 'Siamesecat' had published an add-on that simulated the 'Universal Pointing' feature of shuttle software. Both items made the simulation of rendezvous, proximity operations (PROX OPS) and docking with the International Space Station more realistic and enjoyable. This MFD combines the two previous add-ons in one MFD in an effort to allow Shuttle Fleet users the ability to conduct missions more realistically. Please read the enclosed users manual. It includes a tutorial for the use of this MFD.
Posted Jan 29, 2014 04:21 by David413
- Orbiter 2010 (35) Orbiter 2006 (23) Orbiter 2003 (12) All versions (6). Shuttle Fleet - KLC and AutoFCS upgrade. Bases by Papyref.
- I have a problem with Aircraft Fleet v4.5. When I try to do one of the scenarios I get a CTD! My orbiter version is 2010 P1 and I have Shuttle Fleet v4.8 and I got Shuttle Fleet before Aircraft fleet, please help me with this problem!
This is my tribute package for the last flight of Challenger; STS-51L. Based upon historical documentation and personal development of orbital state vectors for the expected flight events I have created the following scenarios using the available components from the 'STS_Payloads' package and my previously release extension package for the Shuttle Fleet. Godspeed to Challenger and her crew; let this package be a celebration of their dream.
Posted Aug 2, 2012 21:15 by David413
Orbiter 2010 Shuttle Fleet Download Free
This is the initial release of the Expansion package for the Shuttle Fleet V4.8 that provides some functionality with the older STS_Payloads add-on by 'Gazza'. Please read the setup PDF document located in the Add-on Docs directory for setup and usage of this package. With the release of this package I have also re-incorporated the AutoFCS that was available under Orbiter 2006. I have included a copy of the information previously posted on the Orbiter Forum board for how to get AutoFCS working under Orbiter 2010. I have also included some additional models and scenarios for shuttle payloads using models previously released on the Celestria website. Finally, I have included some scanned pages from the Proximity Operations handbook written by Jim Oberg in 1988. This document provides the basis for the actual deployment of many of the satellites during the 1980's by the Space Shuttle and will provide you with the necessary information to properly release the satellites.
Posted Jul 29, 2012 09:08 by David413
These are historically accurate scenarios for the entry and landing of STS-109; the final approach scenarios on Orbithangar are not accurate. This package was originally released on the Orbiter Forum, but is being distributed here for everyone.
This is the original package for the guidance MFD originally developed by R J Croy back in 2003. I have updated the software to work with Orbiter 2010 patch 1, and the new files are included. Please read the original documentation for usage. Remember to include the line 'OMS' in the scenario file to use this with the Shuttle Fleet. The usage documentation is included in the Soyuz Guidance MFD.
This is the original package for the guidance MFD originally developed by R J Croy back in 2003. I have updated the software to work with Orbiter 2010 patch 1, and the new files are included. Please read the original documentation for usage.
This has been updated to provide corrected markers for the entire 15000 foot length. Just unzip into your Orbiter directory; this will provide runway distance markers for Canaveral Runway 15/33. Markers are at 1000 foot intervals from the end of the overruns at both ends counting from mid-field. This adds new textures and updates the canaveral.cfg and Base.cfg files. It is recommended that you first backup these files, particularly if you have made custom versions of these files.
Orbiter 2016 Shuttle Fleet
This is version 4.8 of the Space Shuttle derived unmanned vehicle, Shuttle-C updated for Orbiter 2010 and the graphics client D3D9. This package must be installed over an existing Shuttle Fleet V4.8 for Orbiter 2010 installation. The Shuttle-C was proposed in 1987, and the idea was finally rejected in 1990. 1.) Still allows for use with R.J.Croy's STS-GuidanceMFD for automatic rendezvous with LEO satellites. Note that in order for the guidance algorithm to work properly, the line 'OMS' must be in the scenario file. This will cause the shuttleC dll to fire the OMS engines without an offset that could yield an unwanted rotation. 2.) Control of the cargo doors is via the key 'K'. 3.) Once in orbit, and with the doors full open, a cargo can be deployed with the payload dialog box (open with 'CTRL+SPACE'). 4.) Three views available, default forward view (key 'V'), forward payload bay ('SHIFT+V') and aft payload bay camera ('CTRL+V'). 5.) Prior to liftoff the cooling flow of LO2 venting from the SSMEs is simulated with 'SHIFT+X'. 6.) Once in space (before the OMS2 burn) the nose cap can be jettisoned using the payload dialog box button; this exposes the docking port. A docking port view is available along with the COAS overlay using 'SHIFT+Z'. 7.) The Ku-band antenna is deployed using 'CTRL+U'. 8.) Two versions of the Shuttle-C are provided, Block I with OMS engines, Block II without OMS engines. Scenarios included with this package include a launch scenario with 3 MPLMs as cargo, a scenario docked to the ISS, and an on-orbit scenario with the Shuttle-C post-MECO. Establish an orbit at the next apogee with an OMS burn. Thanks as always to Don Gallagher ('Donamy') for the mesh and textures.
Orbiter in the press
|Le Monde, October 27, 2001: 'Un simulateur spatial complet, a mi-chemin entre le realisme et la science fiction..'|
|FlightXPress, No. 10, October 2001'Insgesamt ist die bei einem solchen Programm überaus wichtige Anleitung hervorragend umgesetzt. Hier können sich so manche kommerzielle Produkte ein Vorbild nehmen!'|
|PC Format, August+September 2002 double feature'Fly the Space Shuttle - This is probably as close as you're going to get ..'|
|PC Pilot, issue 19, November/December 2002'The visuals are wonderful, especially the view of Earth from space, and the whole launch and re-entry sequences look fabulous.'|
|Computer Pilot, April 2003'Orbiter is an in-depth simulation, based on complex physics models for space travel, planetary motion and atmospheric effects ..'|
|Micro Simulateur, August 2003'Si vous cherchez de nouvelles sensations de pilotage, alors Orbiter est fait pour vous..'|
|Espace Magazine, March/April 2005'Orbiter space flight simulator, mettez un vaisseau spatial dans votre PC'|
|PC Answers, July 2005'Orbiter 2005 - Take control of a variety of spacecraft in this highly realistic flight simulator.'|
|PC Gamer UK, November 2005'If you're still reconciling the dream of being an astronaut with the reality of life, then try Orbiter. It's a horrifically detailed simulation of the near-future of space travel.'|
|BBC Sky at Night Magazine, January 2006 (Orbiter 2005 Edition on the cover disc): 'Orbiter - Fly to the Moon and play among the stars with this realistic flight simulator. You'll pilot a whole fleet of spacecraft to space stations and the planets.'|
|PC Zone, August 2006: 'This freeware spaceflight sim does an astounding job of replicating excactly how I'd imagine space exploration to be: hugely complicated and visually stunning.'|
|Astronomie Heute, October 2006: 'Das Computerpgrogramm Orbiter läßt Sie selbst zu den Sternen fliegen - mit realistischen Flugmanövern echter und fiktiver Raumschiffe.'|
|Discover, April 2008: 'Orbiter lets users pilot historical and fictional spacecraft around the solar system; options include flying a shuttle resupply mission to the space station and guiding a glider through the hazy skies of Venus.'|
|PC-Simulation Magazine.com, April 2008: (Feature article on AMSO): 'Excellent équilibre entre réalisme et facilité d´utilisation. Travail complet et beau! Verdict: Un must.'|
|Micro Simulateur, July 2010'Ce simulateur de vols spatiaux en freeware est a la fois recreatif et pedagogique. Son objectif initial etail de demontrer que meme des concepts physiques complexes peuvent etre amusants a apprendre, en placant l'utilisateur dans le role d'un pilote de vaisseau spatial.'|
|The Guardian, 2 June 2014 mentions Orbiter in an article entitled What every parent needs to know about video games: a crash course as an excellent space sim [..] that teach children about the basics of aeronautics.|
|BBC Horizon programme 'Ice Station Antarctica', broadcast 10 May 2016. Features Orbiter as part of a long-term training retention research project. The project investigates the amount of training required by astronauts on long-term missions, e.g. to Mars. |
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