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 Post subject: Orbiter Space Flight Simulator
PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:13 pm 
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Orbiter is a free spaceflight simulator that I've been in the habit of playing with. Something that you should know about it though:

1) The physics is accurate. X amount of thrust pushing X amount of mass yields such an such an acceleration. No Star Wars Physics and no leaving the solar system (yet, they are working on it).

2) It has a steep learning curve. However basic flying around can be done by almost anybody.

3) It is windows only however the good news is that nothing get's installed to your registery. It's completely self contained. Installation is easy, just unzip the directory and then install some recommended addons (Sound, UMMO, and DGIV (Delta Glider IV) come to mind.

4) Adding on is easy, just unzip your new addons and copy into your Orbiter directory. That's it.

5) Joystick is not required but I find it helpful.


I would rank myself as a mediocre pilot at best. I can take off, get to orbit, dock with the ISS (have to use an autopilot for that though) and have played around with going to the Moon, mars, and once to Saturn by mistake (Overshot Mars and had time accelerated a LOT (chuckle)). My favorite ships are the DGIV and the XR-2 Ravenstar. The Ravenstar is a nice vessel but it can be a bit of a handful at times. Hehe. The Orbiter community has made a LOT of addons for the program over the years. All free. Additional textures, in some cases solar systems, additional ships including existing and fictional ones (by the way the Eagle from Space 1999 handles like a cow in a atmosphere but once in space it's nice), and a very active forum.

For more information here is the link for it. http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/home.php

Before I cut loose with some screenshots, is there anyone else who plays this?

And now the floundering missteps of a mediocre pilot who really shouldn't be in the cockpit.

The XR-2 Ravenstar:
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Sometimes I'm a bit heavy on the throttle:
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A nice dramatic takeoff:
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Nighttime reentry at Mach 25:
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The Deepstar in Lunar orbit:
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DGIV start:
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Space 1999 Eagle in Saturn orbit: (what you thought I was joking about going past Mars by mistake? (chuckle))
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Jupiter orbit:
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I can add to this thread later on if people are interested. I am definatly interested in finding out if others play this as well.



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 Post subject: Re: Orbiter Space Flight Simulator
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:20 am 
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I thought that I would add links to my 3 favorite Orbiter films made by a guy called "Texfilms". All footage was shot in the game and then he did some processing afterward. No photoshop.


Apollo 11 Remastered: Gorgeous footage!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS5HYznzw-k

Space Cowboy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI_x4afKQuY


Reflections:
(Note concerning this one, this was made before Orbiter 2010 came out so it's a little out of date but I love the music)
http://vimeo.com/9061682


Not sure if I'm doing this right as far as embedding a player, perhaps someone can help me with this please.



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 Post subject: Re: Orbiter Space Flight Simulator
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:37 pm 
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Here you go, on how to embed here:

Using the Apollo 11 Remastered video as the first video (gonna use what you linked to try and keep this on topic :-D )

First look at the embed code that Youtube provides by hitting the embed button under the video.

<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/xS5HYznzw-k?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/xS5HYznzw-k?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>

You get that mess....the important bits are the size of the frame
<object width="480" height="385">

and the actual Flash source file
http://www.youtube.com/v/xS5HYznzw-k?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0


When you go to post this here, look at the top of the post editor at the different buttons;e.g, B for bold, the italics button, underline, and "Flash" <----that's to place flash stuff here.

Hover over the flash button and you'll see a
Flash: [flash=width, height]http://url[/flash]

tip...those are your bbcode tags and the expected input variables to post it (kind of a pain maybe, but I imagine the Founders have more on their plate than implamenting a "Youtube" bbtag in the forums for us right now).

Anywho, take what we have for the Apollo 11 remastered frame width "480", height "385", and flash video url "http://www.youtube.com/v/xS5HYznzw-k?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0".
Place those in the way the forums here expects to see an inline/embedded flash file with the flash tags:
[flash=480,385]http://www.youtube.com/v/xS5HYznzw-k?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0[/flash]

and that's what you get or (without me using the bbcode code tags to show you the code):


Now for Vimeo (using the video you linked from there):

They have similar embed code with a button also to hit to display it for you, plus a spot to select the old embed code, you want that instead:

Look for the same stuff (width, height, and vido url) to get:
[flash=400,225]http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9061682&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0[/flash]




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 Post subject: Re: Orbiter Space Flight Simulator
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:35 pm 
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ok, lets see if I get this straight.


This is the embed code but we are interested in only a couple of things.
<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/yI_x4afKQuY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/yI_x4afKQuY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>


This:
<object width="480" height="385">


and this:
http://www.youtube.com/v/yI_x4afKQuY?fs=1


and combine them using the Flash like so:
[flash=480,385]http://www.youtube.com/v/yI_x4afKQuY?fs=1[/flash]


With the end results of a embedded player like so:



Thus completing all 3 videos. Thanks for doing two as examples and leaving the third for me to do as a learning experience. Seriously! I'm just wishing that the Vimeo video was larger. For watching them I do reccomend going to the sites and going full screen with the best video quality. Trs-80 level 2 basic and Atari Basic are more my speed. (chuckle)



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 Post subject: Re: Orbiter Space Flight Simulator
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:41 pm 
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You're welcome :D

P.S. We could make the Youtube and Vimeo embed's larger (the width and height, as long as they stay the same display ratio).
However, kinda hard to know what resolution the person has that is viewing the thread....they may even be using a mobile device with a smaller resolution.
So leaving them the defaults is probably the best advice. :-D

ETA:
Deson Bowenford wrote:
Trs-80 level 2 basic

Does basic on a TRS-80 COCO2 count? :lol:



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