Tutorial How to launch space shuttle in ISS v3.2

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At the moment, space shuttle autopilot is not working properly for ISS v3.2 scenarios. This is because launch azimuth and launch time are not correct for rendezvous.

In this example, I'm going to use STS-120(Discovery) scenario.

Open scenario file with text editor(such as notepad).

Change TGT_HEADING 42.3925 to TGT_HEADING 40.8
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Save and exit.

As far as I know you can't edit launch countdown timer in ISS v3.2.
However, launch timer is not affected by scenario editor.

Make sure that you have activated ScnEditor in Modules tab.
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Launch the game as usual.

Bring up Map MFD.

Target ISS.

Click DSP. Click MOD to select Orbit plane.
Click OK.
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Click TRK.
Click ZM+ a few times until ZM 128.
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Press Ctrl+F4 and select scenario editor.

Click Date.

Wait until T - 1:00.

Advance time using scenario editor until orbital plane of ISS gets closer to Cape Canaveral.
(as seen in image below)
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Autopilot will launch the shuttle. Just relax and watch.
If you follow these steps, RInc should be less than 1.0 on orbit.


I made this because I'm writing shuttle fleet + ISS v3.2 tutorial for Japanese players and I'd like to know if there's any better way to do this.
Comments and suggestions are welcome.
 

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I recommend launch MFD:
[ame="http://www.orbithangar.com/searchid.php?ID=2802"]Launch MFD - v. 1.6.3 for Orbiter 2010[/ame]

It will tell you your target heading and time to launch a bit more accurately. RIn of 1 degree is actually a lot for the shuttle.

You can also control the yaw yourself to an extent when using the shuttle fleet autopilot.
 

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Thank you for your advice.

The problem is, space shuttle in ISS v3.2 has autopilot and AFAIK you can't disable it. It will take you RInc of more than 3.0 in some scenarios.
I have tried Launch MFD but it doesn't work with shuttle fleet autopilot. And manual control can be very tricky.

RIn of 1 degree is actually a lot for the shuttle.

Actually it should be less than 0.5 or almost zero. I said 1.0 just because I'd like to have some leeway.
 

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I wan't aware the ISS v3.2 had a shuttle. :shrug:
 

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Actually it should be less than 0.5 or almost zero.

Yep, you should be able to achieve < 0.1° with the right timing. :yes:
 
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