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.
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&hl=en_US&rel=0". Place those in the way the forums here expects to see an inline/embedded flash file with the flash tags:
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
Posted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:41 pm
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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.
Deson Bowenford wrote:
Trs-80 level 2 basic
Does basic on a TRS-80 COCO2 count?
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