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A Freeware Spaceflight Simulator - 2/5/2006 9:32:15 AM   
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To get your minds away from worldly concerns, I offer this:

http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/orbit.html

This program is free, but it isn't a "space game". It's a fascinating combination of spaceflight simulation and a virtual tour of our solar system.

The designer, Dr. Martin Schweiger of the University of London, has given us a fascinating glimpse into what is "out there", and a means to get there, by piloting various spacecraft.

If you wanna literally fly to the moon, you can do it, but the learning curve is very steep.
Nevertheless, I highly recommend it.

Here's a sample picture: this is Europa and Jupiter





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RE: A Freeware Spaceflight Simulator - 2/5/2006 9:55:18 AM   
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A flight example: here's the space shuttle Atlantis shown docked to the International Space Station (ISS)




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RE: A Freeware Spaceflight Simulator - 2/5/2006 12:32:16 PM   
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Looks interesting... I haven't tried a shuttle simulator since my old 128 K Mac Days!

Downloaded...but I'll bet I make a really lame space pilot!

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RE: A Freeware Spaceflight Simulator - 2/5/2006 10:16:19 PM   
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That looks stunning; great find. :)

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RE: A Freeware Spaceflight Simulator - 2/6/2006 3:32:56 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: KG Erwin

If you wanna literally fly to the moon, you can do it

According some sources Shuttle isn't capable for that kind of travel.
http://www.asi.org/adb/05/sts-to-the-moon.html

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RE: A Freeware Spaceflight Simulator - 2/7/2006 1:16:06 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Matti Kuokkanen

quote:

ORIGINAL: KG Erwin

If you wanna literally fly to the moon, you can do it

According some sources Shuttle isn't capable for that kind of travel.
http://www.asi.org/adb/05/sts-to-the-moon.html


No, the Shuttle isn't designed for this. However, the simulation allows you to use a vehicle called the Delta Glider for flights to the moon and beyond. It's a next-generation vehicle which hasn't been invented yet. Some user-created mods also allow you to recreate various Apollo missions.

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RE: A Freeware Spaceflight Simulator - 2/11/2006 1:04:07 PM   
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I've tried it before. Seems quite authentic, and has a hell of a learning curve. Despite my fascination with space flight, I discovered I am not an orbital physics type no matter how hard I try.

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RE: A Freeware Spaceflight Simulator - 2/11/2006 7:01:20 PM   
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I played a game called "Orbiter" on my old "Fat Mac" many years ago. While very accurate, I quickly decided that flying a shuttle definitely wasn't "fun". It did give me a great appreciation for what it was like though and I really laugh now when I see a movie where someone takes the controls and "flies" a shuttle in for a perfect landing by the seat of their pants!

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RE: A Freeware Spaceflight Simulator - 2/11/2006 7:38:23 PM   
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Know your math.

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