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Old 08-22-2017, 08:07 AM   #1
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Article Nice to meet you!

Hi Guys! Jerome here, nice to meet you all!

I first tried Orbiter more than 10 years ago and that did not turn out pretty

At the time I was fully immersed into X-Plane and when I found myself wanting more than atmospheric flying I started designing swept wings gliders with powered vertical take-off. My challenge was a powered vertical take-off from Europe, engine cutoff around 80k and then to glide across the Atlantic.

It kind of worked and I then had the need for something more spacey. Of course, you already know how it went next :

- Arrogant simmer downloads Orbiter : "wow, the switches! I'll feel right at home here!"
- Arrogant simmer launches Atlantis. Because, well, wings.
- Arrogant simmer discovers that physics in space is "all screwed up".
- Arrogant simmer does not want to admit it, but Orbiter is too much for him.
- Arrogant simmer quietly goes back to the lower layers of the atmosphere flying X-Plane

Basically I hit that orbital mechanic learning curve (wall) head front and lacked the maturity to dig into it.

Followed too many more hours in X-Plane again, and then KSP came along. It really, really hooked me (and still does, actually!). After a truck load of hours sending Kerbals all around, I finally got to a point where I knew you just don't achieve orbit by shooting stuff straight up

And then, of course, I remembered Orbiter

This time it went much, much, smoother. I'm still very much an Orbiter noob, but at least I can go places (achieve orbit, dock with ISS, Mir and that wonky Papybar station, do not burn upon reentry... stuff like this).

These forums, and the wonderful Orbiter community as a whole, really helped me get started. I'm indebted to the add-on makers and amazed by their dedication and the work they've done (I mainly fly Altea's extraordinary XR2 and got a bit into that very promising Orion MPCV addon).

I still struggle with many, many parts of Orbiter (the flying and the sim itself ), I'm a bit frustrated because I know I'm still missing a lot the sim has to offer, but I believe it is now for me one of those "go to" sims, along with X-Plane and KSP, that I always come back to, even after years of not flying it.

Well, that was a long blurb. Especially since I'll probably be more of a lurker! But I really wanted to say hi and a huge thank you to the wonderful Orbiter community. That, and tip my hat to the addons contributors


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Old 08-22-2017, 04:55 PM   #3
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Wow! Nice, entertaining, and well-written presentation!
Why remaining a lurker with such a good english?

Welcome to OF Jeorbit!
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Bienvenue !!!
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Old 08-23-2017, 06:59 AM   #5
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Thanks guys! (et merci Jacquesmomo ).

Ripley, indeed I can help with translations and eventually with tutorials once I've build up better skills! Thanks for the kind words!
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