Question How did you get into Orbiter Sim?

Krishnan

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Hello Everyone!
How did you discover and start playing Orbiter Space Flight Simulator?
My story goes like this.
I was watching a youtube video where the Youtuber Swiss001 builds his own aircraft and tries flying them.
Instead of doing my work, I procrastinated and decided to give the game a try. It was called Kerbal Space Program.
I fell in love with it, and became a huge fan and would play it all the time.
About a year later, I was bored in class, and I wanted to see if there is another game like Kerbal, so I searched up "Online game like Kerbal Space Program"
Then, on a random KSP forum post, I discovered someone mentioning the game "Orbiter".
I immediately went to http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/ and read through the description.
I was excited and was ready to play. I downloaded it and tried to play it, but I had no idea what the controls were (I was naive and didn't read the manual).
I tried playing the "tutorial" in which you learn about reference planes and the "Navball", but since I didn't know the controls, I used the orientation autopilots and made the narrator mad ? .
Anyways, I discovered David Courtney's videos and began binge-watching them. I slowly but surely learned concepts and in-depth of the basics I learned from Kerbal, and I applied concepts from one to the other.
I did my first orbit, first rendezvous, first docking, first lunar fly-by, first lunar landing, first LEO reentry and landing, then I got a bit more confident and fell in love with the XR2 and XR5.
I recently did my first lunar direct reentry and landing, which I think is a pretty great feat.
Thanks for reading my story, I can't wait to read your stories. :)
 

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Apologies for the necro-post. Perhaps this will breathe life into the thread.

I think for me, I was bored one night. I was in China (2011-2020) teaching English by day, and playing on my PC by night. I was aimlessly following click-bait links when I encountered a video about UCGO, and especially the Arrow Freighter.

Then of course the long, hard learning curve to figure out how to use the modules.

Then I upgraded to the 2016 version of Orbiter, and the Arrow broke! :eek:

Today, I was going through old files, consolidating doubled-up pictures and stuff, when I encountered some tutorial videos for Orbiter, and the bug bit again. Of course, the first thing I searched for was dansteph's Arrow, and guess how happy I was to see the new improved, 2016 compatible queen of space ready for download...

Except it's been so long since I've been on the forum, it seems to have forgotten me, and now I have to wait till two posts are "approved" before I can download (even though I downloaded in the past).

Lessons in patience.
 

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I was looking for Celestia add-ons in 2006 and googled the right combination of things to end up on the Orbiter home page.
 
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I was looking for "free" simulators, in 2009 / 2010. From trucks to forklifts, trains, planes, factories, politics, economics... I don't remember how, but i've found the download page of Orbiter 2006. As it was realy free, i've tried it. And as i found it realy tough, i decided to go on. And here we are.

At the same period, i found the other simulator i'm still playing : Farming Simulator. :cool: So when i go to my "office", my wife often answers : "So, darling, where will i find you ? In Space or on the fields harvesting crops ?"

Sadly, thre's no tractor addon for Orbiter. It'd be a cool payload under Falcon Heavy's fairing !
 

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When I was younger I got interested in space exploration. After many hours, weeks, months of watching space-related stuff on YouTube, I stumbled upon one of rseferino's videos. Eventually I wound up downloading Orbiter 2010 P1 myself, just a few days after its release! After a long time of just playing around I eventually made my first interplanetary flight from Earth orbit to Venus thanks to flytandem's videos.
 
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