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Re: Atlantis Mission to ISS (Orbiter) new [Re: David Knisely]
      #3536377 - 01/03/10 01:53 AM Attachment (139 downloads)

Telephoto shot of touchdown at KSC with T38 chase plane and VAB in the background:

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      #3536405 - 01/03/10 02:26 AM Attachment (138 downloads)

"Houston, Chase-1, Atlantis is wheels-stopped."

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      #3536458 - 01/03/10 03:34 AM

These last three images of the shuttle with a chase plane were created by flying the stock orbiter on the Auto Flight Control System, while flying kev33's T38 Talon add-on for Orbiter. With it, you find out that flying chase with the shuttle isn't all that easy!

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Re: Atlantis Mission to ISS (Orbiter) new [Re: David Knisely]
      #3541150 - 01/05/10 02:21 PM

Great images, David!! Thanks for sharing them!!!

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      #3549990 - 01/09/10 02:33 PM

Thank you. It is fun to create them, as with Orbiter, you can view things from a variety of angles and create interesting situations. However, it is more fun to watch things happening "live", as the animation in the program is smooth and fairly realistic. Actually flying the shuttle is a bit different than letting some computer do all the work. Clear skies to you.

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      #3559631 - 01/14/10 01:05 AM Attachment (138 downloads)

Here is a shot from above the T38 chase plane of Atlantis touching down on Runway 33 at KSC:

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      #3559670 - 01/14/10 01:49 AM Attachment (149 downloads)

And here is a look out the canopy of the T38 Talon chase plane as it paces Atlantis prior to touchdown:

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      #3611963 - 02/08/10 02:05 AM Attachment (121 downloads)

Here is a telephoto shot of Atlantis ascending past the firing room and Vehicle Assembly Building:

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      #3622008 - 02/13/10 12:49 AM Attachment (123 downloads)

Here is an image of Atlantis approaching ISS docking port five near sunset over the Gulf of Mexico:

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Re: Atlantis Mission to ISS (Orbiter) new [Re: David Knisely]
      #3627089 - 02/15/10 08:36 PM

Davis,
The simulated date for that last shot would be pretty close to the Summer solstice, or perhaps very early July. Given the estimated position of the Sun with respect to the constellation Orion just above the horizon...


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Davis,
The simulated date for that last shot would be pretty close to the Summer solstice, or perhaps very early July. Given the estimated position of the Sun with respect to the constellation Orion just above the horizon...




Pretty close! Although Orbiter's solar system isn't extremely accurate, the date for that particular simulation was set to June 19th, 2006. Here is the view from the Commander's seat during approach to KSC prior to going around the Heading Alignment Cone for landing on RW 15. Clear skies to you.


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      #3701355 - 03/24/10 12:24 AM Attachment (103 downloads)

Here, a problem has developed with the end of the Leonardo logistics module's docking port. Our intrepid space walker is using the manned maneuvering unit to move himself over to fix it while floating underneath the station (Leonardo is on the end of the shuttle's robotic arm). Remember that in ORBITER, you have a fully operational manipulator arm as well as the ability to send yourself on an EVA if you like:

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This image shows more detail of the astronaut in the MMU in the payload bay of Atlantis while it is docked to the International Space Station. The docking port and rear airlock are visible to the right of the spacewalking astronaut.

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Here, Atlantis is approaching ISS while both are over northwestern China:

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      #3745930 - 04/15/10 02:55 AM Attachment (90 downloads)

Here is a long range shot of ISS just after Atlantis has docked with it west of the Phillippine Islands with the moon about to set.

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Here, Atlantis is executing the Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver (RPM) prior to docking with ISS at a distance of about 180 meters from the station:

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Re: Atlantis Mission to ISS (Orbiter) new [Re: David Knisely]
      #3772758 - 04/27/10 11:00 PM

You have to create a game that I can fly the shuttle!!! I wish!!! Great 3D Design!!! I tried to do some 3D but is not my field. Cheers!!!!!

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      #3772947 - 04/28/10 01:55 AM

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You have to create a game that I can fly the shuttle!!! I wish!!! Great 3D Design!!! I tried to do some 3D but is not my field. Cheers!!!!!




You can...it's called ORBITER (the very same program which produced these images). It allows you to fly the Space Shuttle (or, if you want, you can get an add-on autopilot which will do things for you). It isn't a game, but a fairly realistic spaceflight simulator, so you have to learn a bit about the physics of spaceflight to get some of these things to work properly (there are a few tutorals for that). There are also lots of flyable add-ons, allowing you to fly the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spacecraft. You might want to check out the following YouTube movie that was done entirely using ORBITER and the Apollo Mission Simulator for Orbiter (AMSO) add-on:

APOLLO 11 Remastered

You can also fly some other add-on spacecraft, including those from science fiction (2001, Star Wars, Babylon 5, Star Trek, Space 1999, The Thunderbirds, Fireball XL-5, etc.). For more information, you can visit the Orbiter web page:

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

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      #3809863 - 05/17/10 01:35 AM Attachment (89 downloads)

Here, Atlantis is firing its RCS jets to start its maneuver away from the external tank just after ET separation:

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      #3838199 - 05/31/10 03:07 AM Attachment (88 downloads)

Here is the view out the overhead window of Atlantis looking at the ISS as Atlantis does the final maneuvers for docking.

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