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Hi, guys!

I'm now 150,480 AU or 22,511,560,000,000 kilometers away from the sun and moving at the speed of 1,080,058 kilometers per second!!

Cheers,
Vincent

why are you slowing down?
 
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statickid

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good question, slowing down at an alarming rate, i'd say
 

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I'm slowing the spacecraft down to a complete stop until the spacecraft is at rest. (It's going to take a while before the spacecraft is at 0 meters per second or at rest)!

why?
 

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Hi, Keatah!

I know a lot about spaceflight and airplane flying!

Cheers,
Vincent
 

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Orbiter can be used in many ways.
Having said that, I already failed long ago in seeing all the excitement of this whole trip; maybe it's only me, but I think it was totally pointless.

I still don't see why, after all this time, you started decelerating, kind of defeating the whole meaning of this long experimental trip "to the edge of the unknown".
 

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Oh, hell. I've been to the edge. Just looked like more space. - Jayne Cobb
 

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Considering that he took 7 months to accelerate to this speed, he won't be coming to rest any time before January.
 

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Hi, guys!

I'm now 156,529 AU or 23,416,416,000,000 kilometers away from the sun and moving at the speed of 1,053,649 kilometers per second!

Cheers,
Vincent
 

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Hi, guys!

I'm now 156,529 AU or 23,416,416,000,000 kilometers away from the sun and moving at the speed of 1,053,649 kilometers per second!

Cheers,
Vincent

Long way, say hi to Voyager! :) :cheers:
 

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when you "stop" you should freefall back to the sun. Will orbiter still calculate the tiny pull from so far away?
 

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Hi, Statickid!

Yes, orbiter should still be able to calculate the pull of the sun from so far away!! To completely get out of the sun's gravitational influence, you have to be at least 2 lightyears or 126,480 AU away from the sun!

Cheers,
Vincent
 

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when you "stop" you should freefall back to the sun. Will orbiter still calculate the tiny pull from so far away?

It would be difficult, but I imagine you might be able to get into some Sun-approaching elliptical orbit. Impossible to fall straight into the Sun from that distance though, with the degradation his simulation must be facing at such a huge distance.
 

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I also imagine that such a "freefall" would take so long the computer would probably physically break down from age before the ship could really get anywhere of consequence, so long as there was no time acceleration
 

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Hi, Statickid!

Yes, orbiter should still be able to calculate the pull of the sun from so far away!! To completely get out of the sun's gravitational influence, you have to be at least 2 lightyears or 126,480 AU away from the sun!

Cheers,
Vincent

Umm, no. The range of gravity is infinite. It just gets less and less as you go on. At some point way out there some other star would have a greater attraction so you'd fall towards that, but you'd still be being pulled on by the sun, and indeed, everything else in the universe.

Of course, there is only the sun in the orbiter universe, so only the sun is pulling on your ship. But this just means you can never escape it.
 

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Hi, guys!

I'm now 162,461 AU or 24,303,882,000,000 kilometers away from the sun and moving at the speed of 1,027,122 kilometers per second!

Cheers,
Vincent
 

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You know, reading back through this thread, it occurs to me that the low-ball figure of 999,999,999 AU for the edge of the Orbiter universe is nearly 16,000 light years. That encompasses almost every naked-eye visible star in every constellation seen from Earth. Surely if there were some way to remove the "one absolute gravity source only" rule from the Orbiter source code, it would not be that hard to include maybe just half a dozen other systems you could fly to?

If the next Orbiter included just Alpha Centauri, Sirius, and Gleise, I swear I would never ask for another Orbiter feature again:p
 
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