Friday, January 26, 2007

Apollo 11 Flies Again (in Orbiter)

One of the great things you can do in Orbiter is install one of the Apollo add-ons, spend quite a bit of time learning the ropes, and then experience for yourself some of the wonder of those amazing missions (there are two add-ons now, NASSP and AMSO). I've played with NASSP and flown a number of specific scenarios, including launching the Saturn V to Earth parking orbit, docking with the LM en route to the Moon, entering lunar orbit (picture above), and finally landing on the Moon. But so far I've never done an end-to-end, Earth launch to Moon landing to Earth re-entry simulation of a complete Apollo mission. It's amazing that you can do this in Orbiter, and someday I will. In the meantime, I like the extensive sequence of screen shots from a complete Apollo 11 mission (NASSP, with all the switches in the CM and LM) recently flown by Martin Hunter and posted in this flight simulator forum. Postcards from virtual space - nice job!

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