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  1. Phil Smith

    The Universal Flight Simulator

    Hey guys! As mentioned in another topic I've decided to start new one related to my sim-pit build. Little introduction. The Universal Flight Simulator will consist of several logical modules: 1) 2x 15" Primary MFDs; 2) 1x 10" AUX MFD (Vehicle monitoring); 3) Atmospheric side stick for...
  2. Phil Smith

    Software Emulating Thrustmaster Cougar MFD Panels

    Hey guys! I'm in the process of making custom MFD panels using two 15" IBM 6636-AB2 monitors with Raspberry Pi and 18x18 / 24x18 mm momentary push buttons for controlling (2 screens, with 2 2MFD each). For displaying MFD itself I use "VNCMFD" module...
  3. Phil Smith

    Help me please to identify a video

    Hey guys! Just surfing the net I've found this short clip: Please help me identify the movie / music video where it was cut from! That afro is outrageous! Bigger than Undercover brother had! LOL Cheers!
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    Help me please to identify this french song

    Hey guys!:hello: I and my wife heard one french song on the TV performed by great Charles Aznavour and she liked it very much. Unfortunately, the channel gave the song a wrong title - "Emmenez-Moi", cause we found this one and it obviously doesn't match at all, both musically and rhythmically...
  5. Phil Smith

    Need some help - coordinate systems

    Hey guys, I'm in the process of writing a trajectory simulation software (on c++, using Runge-Kutta RK4 method) and now it's time to go beyond "Launch site coordinate system".. I spent a few days figuring out converting them to Geocentric coordinates, but maybe there are some good books on this...
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    Request Any 6-degrees Attitude Indicator MFD?

    Hey guys! :tiphat: I wonder if is there any Attitude Indicator (old school version, like Apollo or Gemini had) or something like a Kerbal space program's NavBall? It would be great to have such MFD (special in some SimPit) like this: As far as I know, guys from NASSP mega-addon could do...
  7. Phil Smith

    Solving system of motion equations. Need help

    Hey guys! I try to figure out how to make ballistic calculations for a real launch vehicle (a good ol' backyard rocketry project with dreams of put 15 kilos in LEO :lol: ). I've integrated basic equations of motion (just in 3 degree of freedom system for now) and have a problems to solve that...
  8. Phil Smith

    Question Modelling my launch vehicle in Orbiter

    Hi everybody! So I got an idea of building the amateur launch vehicle and I wanna modelling this one in Orbiter to prove my hand calculations (I guess Orbiter is pretty good in that). But I cant do it myself. So can anybody help me? It's pretty simple - two stages and a little tiny sattelate (M...
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    Today I was shocked by one terrible news. THE GREAT John Lord is dead today in age of 71.. Jon Lord - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia He was one of those musicians who inspired me play music. On of the most key charismatic person of Deep Purple. I can't believe. He's gone. So, what can I say...
  10. Phil Smith

    Calculation of Tubular-wall thrust chamber

    When I've been started to design thrust chamber one question appeared. As you know tubular wall has different cross-sections along the chamber length. So how I can calculate tube dims at any section of chamber? In the beginning we have some parameters: number of tubes - 166; outside tube...
  11. Phil Smith

    Building tube guitar amplifier

    So my second huge hobby along with the rocketry and space is music, guitar. So I play it long time and always search for "the best" sound. And one day I decided to build guitar power amp myself. after half-year work I've finished it and it works. Perfectly. Now I've been building my second amp...
  12. Phil Smith

    Launch vehicle calculations

    So long time ago I found myself in rocketry and now I think about Launch vehicle project for little satellite (about 2-10 lbs). Just in theory for a while. And I've read a lot of books and projects descriptions and didn't figured out one question: how i can find required propellant masses at...
  13. Phil Smith

    St Peterburg's museum of Space flights.

    Last February I and my wife was in St. Petegburg, Russia. and i couldn't just skip this so special place such as museum of rocket propulsion!:lol: So Ive made some photos of rocket engines, wanna share with you guys and i hope you like it:thumbup: PS - ENJOY :D
  14. Phil Smith

    Home cockpit for Orbiter

    O-F Staff note: thread moved to simpit forum. ------------------- Hi!:tiphat: So I got an idea. I'm very impressed by Boeing 737 cockpit for flight simulators: and immediately imaged same thing for orbiter, for DG IV or other spacecraft. for beginning we can make cockpit...
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    Question Modelling the rocket

    hey guys. i've got the model of rocket with textures in 3d max so i wanna to put it into ORBITER. i'm rookie in that game modelling but i got big experience in 3d addons for another games (ex. for GTA) this is one-staged rocket with payload at the top. the stage has one single-chamber engine...
  16. Phil Smith

    The question about a burn time calculation

    hi everybody!:tiphat: so can anyone help me out - how to calculate a project burning time for TLI etc.? for example - we have a spacecraft that weights 200,000 pounds at LEO with 2engines 500,000 N thrust each, spec. impulse - 420s and how can i calculate the burn time for trans-lunar of...
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    Question 2 questions related to "Ares Mission To Mars" Orbiter Video

    hi everybody after watchin this video on youtube i got some questions (probably silly :lol:) first - how we can get that fuel stack (at 1:23) to orbit? second - does that engine on MEM (at 6:10) provide enough thrust to liftoff from mars surface and insert the orbit?