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Old 12-14-2009, 04:26 PM   #1
Default direct ascet to ISS/Mir tutorial

As the title says I'm requesting a direct ascent tutorial to either Mir or ISS or if the already is one could someone point/shove me to the general direction?

+I'm kinda bored to the fact that it takes so long to get there and I'm desperately trying to figure out new challenges before I try interplanetary travel.
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:58 PM   #2
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Just a side note - if ascending to the ISS seems to take too long and it's boring, trust me, interplanetary travel will be a blast . The key word here is "patience". Anyway, that's why the warp function is there for.

Regarding tutorials, dunno, what ship do you want to get there in? There's this tutorial for one:

Tutorial: Space shuttle from KSC to ISS and back

There are also some playback tutorials included in the orbiter installation, once you get the hang of going to orbit you could try docking and other precision maneuvers.

LE - Also, forgot. Check the tutorials section out: http://www.orbiter-forum.com/tutorials.php

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Old 12-14-2009, 07:07 PM   #3

I can dock to ISS/Mir with DGIV/stock DG and stock Alantis (with Stock Alantis, not sure about Mir) and I can get the stock DG and DGIV to stable orbit and to an orbit around moon without too much hassle I can also re-enter with DGIV (once even without main engine burns yay me!) so I'm not a complete newbie anymore (atleast I like to think that way)

All I want is to go to ISS/Mir without going round 'n' round the earth.

Also I have strolled around the tutorials section quite a bit.
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:50 PM   #4
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Check out these tutorials in the Hangar:

Shuttle to ISS direct ascent playback

This one is a direct ascent with the Shuttle, docking in approximately 15min after launch!

If you are a fun of the XR series, (i find these ships a little bit more challenging than the DGIV since you also have to use SCRAM engines) try this tutorial:

XR2 to ISS 37 minutes

Takes an XR to the ISS in 37min from launch.

Or you can check out my playback where i take an XR2 with "expert" settings to the moon and back in less than 48 hours. Time from take off to docking with Mir: 23 min. (My personal best with these settings is 18 min.)

Expert/Realistic XR2 to the moon and back in 48 hours

In general, look at the map mfd and wait until your target's ORBIT is about to pass over your current location (about one degree "behind you") and then wait until your TARGET is also about to pass over you. (For Mir i begin my ascent when it's about 13-15 degrees west of me, using the map mfd.)
Take off in the correct heading and get to an Apoapsis of about 160K (Slightly above the atmosphere.)
By the time you reach an altitude of 100K your target should be slightly ahead of you, but since you are flying much lower, you are also going much faster.
So at this altitude (about 100 - 105 Km), switch on the docking mfd, set your target and press the hud button to see this information on your... emmm... hud!
Use rotation thrusters to turn to the marker that shows you where to burn to null your relative speeds and make a burn untill you bring your relative speed close to zero.
Then turn your nose at your target and burn untill you have a satisfactory speed to get you there fast.
As you approach, turn back and burn to null your relative speeds and from there on... it's a standard docking.

Hope this helps.

Happy orbiting.

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Old 12-15-2009, 12:06 AM   #5
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This is my tutorial for Cape Canaveral to the ISS. I've been told my ascent is a bit screwy. I'll be fixing that one day. Until then, it does work as outlined on this checklist.
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