Kerbal Space Program
Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:07 PM
The game is still considered to be under development and in "alpha" stage. However at the end of the month major updates are coming and taking it out of alpha and raising the price, if you buy before the end of the month you get all future updates and expansions for free. The price will increase as they add more and more features.
After countless failures in which hundreds of brave Kerbals died fiery deaths and the three frozen in space. I currently have a base on the Mun, which orbits Kerbin, with three Kerbals mining fuel for future Kerbaled missions to other planets which are being mapped by satellites. Also finally completed my first space docking!
Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:43 AM
Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:46 PM
ORBITER Space Flight Simulator 2010
It is free and has numerous extensions and add-ons like the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, the Space Shuttle, and even some science fiction series spacecraft from series like Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, 2001, etc. It is also quite a bit closer to the reality of spaceflight than some other simulators or games are. Here is a shot of me getting a successful grapple on the Hubble Space Telescope with the Space Shuttle Atlantis's robotic arm: Clear skies to you.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:54 AM
I've done ORBITER before, it just doesn't have the silly fun factor of KSP, nor the freedom to design insanely cool (or just insane) spacecraft, then launch them on anything from sub-orbital, extra-planetary or even extra-kerbol orbits, launch satellites, and build crazy space stations. Sometimes they just explode. Scott Manley is THE man for funny KSP videos on You Tube. IIRC he has a degree that includes courses in astrophysics and orbital mechanics.
Today I finally hit another milestone and put my own SSTO (Single Stage To Orbit, No boosters or stage separation at all!) spaceplane design into Munar orbit. Normally this wouldn't be a big deal, but my design is 100% reusable. The craft itself takes off and lands like a normal aircraft, using pulse detonation turbo-jet engines until reaching 1500m/s at an altitude of 38K meters, using rocket engines to adjust orbit at apoapsis. I can achieve a 200 Km orbit with over 60% of my initial fuel remaining. The lander launches from the cargo bay, can land on the surface then redock with the craft. It can refuel at any orbital station or at the Kerbal Space Center after landind. The thing weighs over 53 tons fueled, I'm shocked that it is capable of the Delta V needed for this... Maybe someday I'll take it all the way to another planet.
Mk. 44 SSTO "VIVACE" in orbit around Kerbals satellite Mun.
Mk.37-H SSTO Spaceplane "ALACRITY" in low Kerbin orbit after launching satellite, preparing to adjust orbit for docking at Kerbal Space Station.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 04:37 PM
Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:52 AM
Scott Manley taught me everything I know: