Request Shuttle Nose Wheel Turn

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The default Atlantis has probably the worst nose wheel turning in Orbiter. Either that or it doesnt have nose wheel turning at all.
 

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Why would it need it, the only thing it uses its wheels for is landing on a straight 5 km runway, and with the skills the pilots flying it have, they are supposed to land alligned to the runway.
 

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Does [ame="http://orbithangar.com/searchid.php?ID=4012"]NoseWheelTurn[/ame] do anything for the default Atlantis?

If not, then the lack of nosewheel steering is intentional and probably the real behavior.
 

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Does NoseWheelTurn do anything for the default Atlantis?

If not, then the lack of nosewheel steering is intentional and probably the real behavior.

The real one has nosewheel steering, but controlled by FBW. Like the rudder, pushing the pedals down sets a target lateral acceleration that the Shuttle tries to reach. Either by deploying the rudder or by using nose wheel steering.
 

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Why would it need it, the only thing it uses its wheels for is landing on a straight 5 km runway, and with the skills the pilots flying it have, they are supposed to land aligned to the runway.

Crosswinds. There is a blog article from Wayne Hale somewhere that talks about a shuttle landing at KSC before nosewheel steering was enabled and how the landing was hairy due to the crosswind.
 

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And you will be able to experience them in the future release of Orbiter. :p

Can't wait to see it. But I hope we also get the chance to write our own FBW control code for the vessels to map aerodynamic and RCS deflections. Because otherwise, things will become pretty "interesting"*.

* See "Serenity" about the meaning of "interesting".
 
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