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  1. MikeB

    SpaceX Simulator - dock Crew Dragon at ISS

    SpaceX has given us a gift. Probably not very challenging for Orbinauts. https://iss-sim.spacex.com/
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    Improving OrbiterWiki

    This is meant as a quick-start for people who want to improve OrbiterWiki, but don't have experience using a wiki. 1. Register as an OrbiterWiki user: https://www.orbiterwiki.org/index.php?title=Special:UserLogin&type=signup This isn't strictly necessary, but it might be useful to use the same...
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    I've moved to Seattle

    I've been around for a while, residing in Maryland, USA. But this week I've moved to the Seattle area, to be closer to granddaughter (and her parents). I'd be interested in any Orbiter-related activities in the area, especially at the Museum of Flight.
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    NASA Software Catalog released

    This isn't directly related to Orbiter, but some orbinauts might find interesting software in NASA's latest (2017-2018) edition of their software catalog: https://software.nasa.gov
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    News Shuttle Orbiter Full Fuselage Trainer

    This isn't actually "news" news, but it's new (to me). While in Seattle recently, I had the opportunity to tour the FFT at the Museum of Flight. It is a fantastic experience to crawl through the hatch, stand in the mid-deck, look through the airlock, climb the ladder to the flight deck, and...
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    Stability of Apollo 13 lunar orbit

    Over on Gizmodo, there is a list of the things that went wrong leading up to the Apollo 13 "problem": http://io9.com/the-checklist-of-what-had-to-go-wrong-for-apollo-13-to-1697567898 In the discussion someone raised the question: "if the explosion had occurred after the lunar explorers had...
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    Rocket Science For Amateurs (RSFA)

    Happy New Year 2015 to all Orbinauts! To celebrate, I’d like to open a new section of the Orbiter Wiki. I call it Rocket Science For Amateurs (RSFA). My hope is that the Orbiter community’s many experienced members can help to create a place for our less-experienced members to learn about...
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    Internet Rocket games question over at Slashdot

    Over at slashdot.com someone has asked about games that can teach rocket science. Maybe a few thoughtful comments could lead a few slashdotters to orbiter. The thread is at: http://games.slashdot.org/story/12/12/12/2216215/learning-rocket-science-with-video-games
  9. MikeB

    Question Why isn't the PMA straight?

    Why is there a "kink" in the Pressurized Mating Adapters (PMA) of the ISS? I would think a straight tunnel would be easier to use. Just curious
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    Discussion The A-Train

    The magazine "Physics Today" had an article in July about a constellation of earth-observation satellites, informally dubbed the A-Train. Many orbinauts will find it interesting (it's not too technical). The satellites are all at 705 km altitude, inclination 98.2 degrees, and within just a few...
  11. MikeB

    General Question The Space Game

    ESA has released The Space Game (http://www.thespacegame.org/) with a trajectory-planning challenge. Which of our orbinauts will win, and what tools will you use?
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    Request Interplanetary Superhighway Navigator

    The winner of the Intel Science Talent Search is Erika DeBenedictis. She won for a program that calculates low-energy trajectories through the solar system, much faster than previous approaches have found. I can't evaluate her claims or her code, but I bet some of our MFD wizards could adapt...
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    Question NASA's MEDS compared with our MFDs?

    I've read a little about the Space Shuttle's Multi-functional Electronic Display System (MEDS), which seems to be the real-world equivalent of our MFDs. They appear to provide very different functions than our standard and add-on MFDs, largely derived from the original electro-mechanical gauges...
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    Software Mac OS X & Virtual Machine Windows

    I run Orbiter on my Mac with virtualization. I'd like to know if others have found an optimal configuration. I'd also like to know how best to assess performance. I give FPS below. Here's my setup: MacBook Pro CPU: 2.53 GHz Core Duo RAM: 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and NVIDIA...
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