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- Mar 22, 2008
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Actually, setting the dummy thruster with infinite Isp connected to the main tank and setting a maximum thrust of 1.0 N means that the Orbiter status indicators will properly show main engine propellant level and will show the thruster level on a 0 to 1 range, which isn't perfect but it gives a visual indication of the throttle position (not actually the thrust). Pushing on a jet with the extra force of the weight of a single apple in the direction of flight when the actual engine can develop 65,000 to 95,000 apples' worth of thrust just means it is an extremely fuel efficient but not particularly helpful afterburner.You can also use DBL_MIN for defining the thrust value then: Its the smallest positive number an IEEE 64bit floating point number can still display. 1.0 does still produce a small thrust.
Not the worst hack ever. We're well within an order of magnitude of the correct answer, and even the factor is close to 1.0. I'm doing more horrible things in the engine model itself.