ORBITER SPACE FLIGHT SIMULATOR
Orbiter Space Flight Simulator is a totally FREE flight simulator created by Dr. Martin Schweiger that goes beyond the confines of Earth's atmosphere. ORBITER combines entertainment and education – it is proof that learning about science doesn’t have to be boring, and that video games can be a perfect medium to demonstrate physical concepts and phenomena in an engaging fashion. ORBITER is free for personal and educational use, which serves to maximize its distribution and impact.
Launch the Space Shuttle from Kennedy Space Center to deploy a satellite, rendezvous with the International Space Station, or take the futuristic Delta-glider for a tour through the solar system - the choice is yours. But make no mistake - ORBITER is not a space shooter. The emphasis is firmly on realism, and the learning curve can be steep. Be prepared to invest some time and effort to brush up on your orbital mechanics background.
You can learn more about ORBITER and download it from the following link: http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk
Blake (a.k.a. Tex) setup our new forum software for the Orbiter community to use on October 14, 2007. It was a time when the community had outgrown the old M6 forum and urgently needed a more professional software solution. Today, ORBITER-FORUM has many staff members who have and still do contribute their time and resources to this community. Most notably has been Tim (a.k.a. tblaxland) who has coded and implemented many custom modifications in the forum software our members enjoy. In addition, we've had several contributions from our moderators and graphics staff making ORBITER-FORUM the evolving community project it is today.
ORBITER-FORUM offers the ability for users to share their experiences, and for teams to collaborate and communicate online which is an integral part of the ORBITER experience. ORBITER-FORUM has become an important meeting place for users and developers alike. The forum not only features general ORBITER-related topics, but also includes tutorials, physics, educational, and mathematics discussions, tools for software development and testing, and “real-life” space news. The forum is maintained and financed from voluntary contributions by the community, and its growing popularity is an indicator for ORBITER’S lasting success.
In October 2008, one year after ORBITER-FORUM was founded, we had more than 5 million hits, over 1 million pages were opened, and 25,000+ unique visitors were encountered in a single month. Since then those figures have only continued to climb. The rapid growth and popularity of our community has required us to move the site to a dedicated server which resulted in a drastic increase in monthly costs. ORBITER-FORUM now shares a dedicated server with ORBITHANGAR.COM. We greatly appreciate all of the generous donations from the membership which has kept us up and running! If you'd like to read more about how you can help, we invite you to read THIS page.
ORBIT HANGAR MODS
Jeff (a.k.a. Vash) created ORBITHANGAR.COM in 2003. Back then, it was just a static HTML web site running on a spare computer out of Vash's home on his cable internet connection. ORBITHANGAR.COM has since evolved into the primary repository of Orbiter addons for the entire community. The user database was merged with ORBITER-FORUM so new addons uploaded are posted on the forum as well and users can have a single account for posting on the forum and uploading their addons. Vash built ORBITHANGAR.COM from the ground up and sees over the management of both OHM and the server O-F shares with it. His years of service to the community from the early days of OHM to administering the complexities of our dedicated server we require today is most exceptional. Be sure to thank him sometime and if possible, consider making a donation to help cover our monthly costs!