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User's guide, tutorials, documentation / Autopilots Lists
« on: March 09, 2018, 07:47:32 AM »
We made an extensive list of autopilots to assist in common mission maneuvers.
Some autopilots are specific to the Apollo missions, some are generic.

When a green dot shows next to the AUTOPILOT tab, an autopilot is currently running.

Some autopilots run in a safe mode. You need to press the padlock icon to unlock.
Some autopilots start in paused mode. You need to first select the required parameters and then press the start button to begin running the autopilot.

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These are autopilots currently enabled on the Steam version:

AGC TESTProgram 7Performs a basic display test on the Apollo Guidance Computer
LAUNCH TO ORBIT Program 11Launches the Saturn V stack to Earth parking orbit.
'Altitutde' is the orbital altitude in kilometers.
'Bearing' is in degrees from true north.
The spacecraft must be launched from a port, ie, the Kennedy Space Center launchpad.
LAUNCHMOONORBITProgram 12Launches the Lunar Module to lunar orbit with the correct inclination.
TLI LUNARINJProgram 15Fires the S-IVB engine into translunar injection orbit.
This requires the spacecraft to be within 1 of the orbital plane with respect to the Moon.
It will propel the Apollo stack to an orbit with an apogee nearing the distance at which the lunar sphere of influence will trap the spacecraft.
Upon nearing the Moon, further mid-course corrections may be needed to finetune the lunar orbit insertion.
In reality, this TLI was performed by the Instrument Unit on the S-IVB stage and the AGC program 15 (this one) was a backup.
LOI LUNARORBITProgram 16Computes and performs the engine burn required to get trapped in lunar orbit.
It assumes the spacecraft is following a hyperbolic orbit (an open orbit where eccentricity is greater than 1).
LUNAR DOIProgram 17Descent Orbit Initialization procedure.
PROGRADEProgram 20Progrades the spacecraft, orienting the engine with the direction of travel.
This is useful for increasing orbital velocity.
RETROGRADEProgram 21Retrogrades the spacecraft, orienting the engine against the direction of travel.
This is useful for reducing orbital velocity.
NORMAL PLUSProgram 22Sets the spacecraft pointing to the perpendicular of the orbital plane.
Useful for changing orbital inclination.
KILLROTProgram 24Cancels the spacecraft rotation.
HOVERProgram 25Hovers the spacecraft horizontally relative to the ground.
LEVEL FLIGHTProgram 26Orients the spacecraft parallel to the horizon.
RADIAL PLUSProgram 27Orients the spacecraft with the engine perpendicular to the orbital path pointing to the center.
RADIAL MINUSProgram 28Orients the spacecraft with the engine perpendicular to the orbital path pointing away from the center.
DOCK COPLANARProgram 31Orients the spacecraft with the correct docking orientation, regardless of its alignment.
DOCK POINT TOProgram 32Orients the spacecraft towards the docking target.
EARTH DOCKINGProgram 33Transposes, rotates and translates the Command Module to perform a docking with the Lunar Module still attached to the S-IVB.
DOCK PROGRADEProgram 34Orients the spacecraft along the relative velocity vector with the target spacecraft.
DOCK RETROGRADEProgram 35Retrogrades, pointing the engine against the RELATIVE velocity to the docking target aircraft.
Engine thrust will kill the relative velocity.
KILL RELVELProgram 39Reduces the spacecraft's relative velocity to the docking target to 0.
SPS BURNProgram 40Performs a SPS engine burn.
This requires further data entry the the DSKY  console with parameters obtained from the burn-PAD.
REENTRY Program 41Space Shuttle reentry for Kennedy Space Center.
HOVER Program 42Hovers the spacecraft keeping a constant altitude and vertical velocity.
AUTOLAND Program 45Lands the spacecraft/aircraft in the designated airport in the HSI AIRP panel.
PO ALIGNMENTProgram 50Aligns the inertial platform to the parking orbit reported inclination.
NORMAL MINUSProgram 58Orients the spacecraft perpendicular to the orbital plane (Normal -).
This is useful for changing orbital inclination.
POWERED DESCENTProgram 63Fires the descent engine and reduces velocity up to the final 2000 feet P64 go-no-go landing gate.
FINAL REENTRYProgram 64Final reentry for the Command Module.
REENTRY Program 92Deorbits the Space Shuttle until a vector state fit for reentry to Kennedy Space Center.
CIRCULARIZE TOPProgram 101Circularizes the orbit to the altitude of the highest point.
CIRCULARIZE LOWERProgram 102Circularizes the orbit to the altitude of the lowest point.
ALIGN PLANEProgram 103Aligns the orbital plane (select target in ORBIT visualizer).
The first step to a successful Hohmann Transfer Orbit is to have both orbits share the same orbital plane.
To do so you need to perform a normal +/- burn at the points where the two orbit planes intersect.
These are commonly referred to as the Ascending Node (AN) and Descending Node (DN).
ENGINE BURNProgram 104Automated engine burn executing the orbital changes selected in the ORBIT visualizer.




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These are the autopilots currently enabled on the mobile versions:


AGC TESTProgram 7Performs a basic display test on the Apollo Guidance Computer
LAUNCH TO ORBIT Program 11Launches the Saturn V stack to Earth parking orbit.
'Altitutde' is the orbital altitude in kilometers.
'Bearing' is in degrees from true north.
The spacecraft must be launched from a port, ie, the Kennedy Space Center launchpad.
LAUNCHMOONORBITProgram 12Launches the Lunar Module to lunar orbit with the correct inclination.
TLI LUNARINJProgram 15Fires the S-IVB engine into translunar injection orbit.
This requires the spacecraft to be within 1 of the orbital plane with respect to the Moon.
It will propel the Apollo stack to an orbit with an apogee nearing the distance at which the lunar sphere of influence will trap the spacecraft.
Upon nearing the Moon, further mid-course corrections may be needed to finetune the lunar orbit insertion.
In reality, this TLI was performed by the Instrument Unit on the S-IVB stage and the AGC program 15 (this one) was a backup.
LOI LUNARORBITProgram 16Computes and performs the engine burn required to get trapped in lunar orbit.
It assumes the spacecraft is following a hyperbolic orbit (an open orbit where eccentricity is greater than 1).
LUNAR DOIProgram 17Descent Orbit Initialization procedure.
PROGRADEProgram 20Progrades the spacecraft, orienting the engine with the direction of travel.
This is useful for increasing orbital velocity.
RETROGRADEProgram 21Retrogrades the spacecraft, orienting the engine against the direction of travel.
This is useful for reducing orbital velocity.
NORMAL PLUSProgram 22Sets the spacecraft pointing to the perpendicular of the orbital plane.
Useful for changing orbital inclination.
KILLROTProgram 24Cancels the spacecraft rotation.
HOVERProgram 25Hovers the spacecraft horizontally relative to the ground.
LEVEL FLIGHTProgram 26Orients the spacecraft parallel to the horizon.
RADIAL PLUSProgram 27Orients the spacecraft with the engine perpendicular to the orbital path pointing to the center.
RADIAL MINUSProgram 28Orients the spacecraft with the engine perpendicular to the orbital path pointing away from the center.
DOCK COPLANARProgram 31Orients the spacecraft with the correct docking orientation, regardless of its alignment.
DOCK POINT TOProgram 32Orients the spacecraft towards the docking target.
EARTH DOCKINGProgram 33Transposes, rotates and translates the Command Module to perform a docking with the Lunar Module still attached to the S-IVB.
DOCK PROGRADEProgram 34Orients the spacecraft along the relative velocity vector with the target spacecraft.
DOCK RETROGRADEProgram 35Retrogrades, pointing the engine against the RELATIVE velocity to the docking target aircraft.
Engine thrust will kill the relative velocity.
KILL RELVELProgram 39Reduces the spacecraft's relative velocity to the docking target to 0.
SPS BURNProgram 40Performs a SPS engine burn.
This requires further data entry the the DSKY  console with parameters obtained from the burn-PAD.
REENTRY Program 41Space Shuttle reentry for Kennedy Space Center.
NORMAL MINUSProgram 58Orients the spacecraft perpendicular to the orbital plane (Normal -).
This is useful for changing orbital inclination.
POWERED DESCENTProgram 63Fires the descent engine and reduces velocity up to the final 2000 feet P64 go-no-go landing gate.
FINAL REENTRYProgram 64Final reentry for the Command Module.

 

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General Discussion / Re: Just a curious question about what something is
« on: February 03, 2018, 11:53:26 AM »
hi.
The "loader" screen allows  the user to get the very latest version of the code/game/data/graphics without waiting for a new release.  This is included on all the desktop/steam versions ,  so the user can ( if he wishes) have always the very latest code/data , from our servers ,without needing for a version update.
It also allows to reset the configuration options, as some of them could crash the device, and -without the option to reset them to factory defaults - would be impossible to use.

This system will be available on mobile 1.0.9 shortly

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Betatest Area / Re: Steam version Beta Report
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:23:51 AM »
hey! , 
Thanks a lot for the reports. Yep , I saw the command module ,is too likely to explote by reentring other than the nominal path . 

I ll get it sorted before launch ..

THANKS!

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hi.. 

.. which language is your windows install?

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Report your Bugs here! / Re: Bonus flights crash
« on: January 26, 2018, 12:46:56 PM »
hi . 
 
thanks for the report
.do you have the iOS , or the Android version?

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Report your Bugs here! / Re: Unexepected prograde to retrograde orbit
« on: January 26, 2018, 12:45:56 PM »
hi. Yep , that bug has been for awhile on certain ( very rare) orbits,  Fixed on 1.0.9 ( soon to be released)
you have iOS or Android ?

I mean , the android version ( slightly more modern than the iOS one ) has this bug fixed. 
on the iOS we will wait to the next release.

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Hmmmm ,interesting...
We had to remove the old (as in December) text -to-speech as Steam complained that under certain circunstances the wav file created may look funny and triggered some alerts.

So we had to use the windows 10 native text to speech engine( with no distortion ,etc btw)

Which OS did you had? Does your computer has texttospheech installed ?

Thanks

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Feature Request / Re: Inclination
« on: January 23, 2018, 02:25:26 AM »
hello jcarrion,

Just to be clear: equatorial/equatorial inclination is one thing, bearing is another one (90 bearing starting at KSC will result in a 25 orbital inclination). I was speaking about inclination (as probably you too in the parameter dialog), not bearing. To my opinion, switching inclination sign in the dialog (and allowing -180 to +180) would be enough for a start...
yep , of course. What I was referring is that -currently -  instead of "inclination" , it should say "bearing". -both being equivalent only if your starting position is on the equator.

For next version , I ll create both ways of defining the orbit . Either the inclination (in degrees,relative to the equator ) , and in Degrees of bearing ( as it is now  -wrongly defined as inclination), defining the starting bearing of the spacecraft

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Report your Bugs here! / Re: Custom missions loading bug
« on: January 22, 2018, 11:14:45 AM »
yep ,we found this bug too.  Will be sorted out in the next mobile release. 

Thanks .

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Report your Bugs here! / Re: Not a bug but need a contact.
« on: January 22, 2018, 11:13:35 AM »
hi.  
you can contact us at Info@brixtondynamics.co.uk
Thanks!.

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Feature Request / Re: Planetary constants
« on: January 22, 2018, 09:44:49 AM »
hi. 
I ll get this looked at ,  Thanks for the report.

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Feature Request / Re: Inclination
« on: January 22, 2018, 09:43:26 AM »
hi,. 

well , the range -180.0 +180.0 will be fixed in the next mobile beta release ( too busy now with the Steam launch , )

The term inclination also can be a bit misleading.. as it refers to the bearing of the spacecraft (.i.e.  if you set long/lat coordinates at the pole ,all orbits would be with an inclination of +/-90 degrees, yet still you may want to select the orbital plane.  "Inclination" parameter selects the planet base "bearing" of the spacecraft the position selected.  Probbably we should enable both  methods (bearing and/or  orbital inclination ) in the next mobile release.

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Report your Bugs here! / Re: X 15 bug crash
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:20:21 AM »
Thanks for the report. 
I ll have a look at it now.

Cheers
J

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