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  1. francisdrake

    Project CST-100 Starliner

    The CST-100 Starliner over Floridas east coast With the commercial crew program approaching its first launches I think Boeing's CST-100 Starliner shall be in Orbiter as well. This is an early version. Code and everything are a little rough and need improvement over time. Reliable data on the...
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    Do we see into the future in ORBITER?

    I have my problems with relativistic effects and loss of causality when travelling faster than light. Orbiter - to my knowledge - has a Newtonian setup. I assume the lightspeed here is infinitly high. So if I look at a distant planet, e.g. Jupiter, I can see the position where he is right now...
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    Project Mars Ascent / Descent Vehicle

    Lockheed Martin's Mars Ascent/Descent Vehicle (MADV) was presented as part of the 'Mars Base Camp' architecture in Adelaide in Sept 2017, the same conference Elon Musk presented his BFR. The vessel looks amazingly 1950s rocketpunk, like a crossover between a Lockheed Electra airliner and an...
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    Project BFR for Orbiter 2016

    This is a concept study based on the presentation of Elon Musk in Adelaide on September 29, 2017. It contains the booster and the spaceship. Data on the BFR are scarce and sometimes contradicting. You could help me if you post data and flight experiences here. The aerodynamic model is a biconic...
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    Project MAV - The Frisbee of Mars

    This is the concept of a Mars lander and ascent vehicle, as described in Boeing's "Mission to Mars Using Six Not So Easy Pieces". The lander weighs 40-45 ton and can transport a crew of 4 to Mars surface and back to orbit. It uses a large inflatable hypersonic decelerator for atmospheric entry...
  6. francisdrake

    Journey to Space - Film

    Narrated by Patrick Stewart this film is about an upcoming human exploration of Mars. The trailer shows an interplanetary solar-electrical (?) powered vessel with long trusses, large solar arrays, inflatable hab, an Orion docked to it and a Mars lander with a large conical supersonic...
  7. francisdrake

    Project Orion MPCV

    This is about the development of an Orion MPCV for Orbiter. - Orion crew module - ESA service module - Orange SLS launcher, with ICPS and EUS - Deep Space Habitat - Solar Electric Mars Ship ** Update Version 15 - 2018-04-13 ** for Orbiter 2016. Keys Commands [ A ] Auxillary thrusters on/off...
  8. francisdrake

    Best way to Larange point 2?

    What would be the best way to reach the Earth-Moon Lagrange Point L2, which is some 60.000 km beyond the far side of the moon? Szenario thoughts: An installation at the Earth-Moon-Lagrange point 2 (e.g. a deep-space telescope) shall be serviced by a manned expedition. The service crew is...
  9. francisdrake

    TorchShips game development

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/product7/torchships-real-3-d-space-combat I came across this website following an Atomic Rockets tweet by Nyrath. They intend to develop a tactical space combat game, based on newtonian physics, having torch drives, laser, kinetics, missiles, etc. It sounds...
  10. francisdrake

    Orbiter-based short stories, anyone?

    We do have a screen-shot thread and an impressive video thread, but I wonder if somebody has ever written stories based on Orbiter experiences? I think Orbiter would be a perfect tool to prove your story or adventure could be real. The simulation gives an excellent feeling of an astronauts...
  11. francisdrake

    Idea Advanced Addon Manager

    How to manage addons depending on other addons? They are difficult to handle. If an addon-package is installed, some dll's or textures may be overwritten with older ones, or you may be required to download several packages to get one addon running. And sometimes addon developers add sceneries...
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    Question SpaceX v0.58 question

    Recently I have downloaded the SpaceX 0.58 addon made by Glider and MajorTom. It is a great looking addon, with obviously a lot af detail went into the model. The question is if the launch autopilot deliberately puts the vessel into a suborbital trajectory, or am I doing something wrong? The...
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    Project Delta V calculator spreadsheet

    When developing my addons I often had to do delta V calculations, mass estimations, determine tank sizes, etc. Finally I combined the various calculation tools in to one multi-tabbed spreadsheet. This tool might be helpful to other developers. I posted it in the download folder of my website...
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    Make the ISS a VASIMR-powered spaceship?

    Recently I read in the news: "NASA and Ad Astra Rocket Company of Webster, Texas, have signed a Space Act Agreement that could lead to the testing of a new plasma-based space propulsion technology on the International Space Station. The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR)...
  15. francisdrake

    CEV Orion, 606 update

    I started updating the CEV-Orion, as the current developments show quite a different service module (SM) and RCS thruster concept. Although it is 'just' a different SM it requires modifying all thrusters, repositioning the command module (because the mass-center has changed), new skirt to the...
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