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The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release => Starbase Café => Topic started by: ar81 on July 16, 2005, 01:50:32 am



Title: Piloting in space with real physics
Post by: ar81 on July 16, 2005, 01:50:32 am
I just loved Melee as you played with some ressemblance of real physics.  Inertia, gravity.
You could feel you were there.  Storyline was involving...

Now I found an amazing freeware spacesim that is just amazing.  It's name is Orbiter.
It beats even Microsoft simulations.
Piloting with real physics... a dream come true ...and you can make add ons if you know about C++, 3D modelling and texturing (I don't know about C++ or making 3DS files, darn).

When I started playing, I couldn't believe it...
Looks like freeware and opensource are producing masterpieces, just like UQM team.
The only skill I had to make add ons was music, and I used opensource software from www.modplug.com which is also a masterpiece IMHO.

Orbiter
http://www.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/~martins/orbit/orbit.html

It has no sound, so you must download Orbiter sound
Orbiter sound 3.0
http://www.orbiter.dansteph.com/index.php?disp=d

My orbiter add ons
http://www.orbithangar.com/searchauth.cfm?search=ar81

I'd like to see some Starcon add ons for Orbiter...
Unfortunately it's not a shooter, so you can't make it to fire and cause damage to other ships.

Here some screenies
http://img101.echo.cx/img101/2714/sh0224np.jpg

http://img25.echo.cx/img25/5155/iss0050cx.jpg


Title: Re: Piloting in space with real physics
Post by: Kohr-Ah Death on July 16, 2005, 03:50:48 am
that kinda looks like celestia

http://www.shatters.net/celestia/


Title: Re: Piloting in space with real physics
Post by: alpharomeo81 on July 16, 2005, 07:31:42 pm
But Celestia is just like a 3D viewer.
Orbiter is a real simulator, if you want to get somewhere, you need to pilot using real space physics.  And for those who have expereince piloting aircraft, it's a bit different to pilot in space.

It's really cool.  I just would like to see someone modelling a Starcon vesel and programming a virtual ship using C++ as an add on to Orbiter.  It would be kind of cool.