R-7 Early Missions
Luna-2 & Luna-1
What is Orbiter?
R-7 Early Missions
"R-7 Early Missions" is a very accurate reconstruction of early 2-stage R-7 missions. All three historical first satellites. All three generations of boilerplate and operational warheads. As bonus - a fully functional Polyot spacecraft (an ASAT demonstrator). Significant playability and usability improvements. Full automation of launch and flight. Authentic look, realistic behavior. Stunning visual and sound effects. Integration with Google Earth for post-flight analysis. Documentation in English and Russian.
Block E is a third stage of the Russian Vostok rocket. Vostok rocket with block E had two distinct modifications: orbital version (that carried first human into space) and lunar version – that sent the first deep space probes to the Moon. This addon implements the lunar version. It provides the fully automated Direct Ascent launches to the Moon. The addon is specifically designed for and tested with R-7 project by astronavt.
Luna-1 and Luna-2
Luna-1 and Luna-2 were the first-ever deep space probes to leave Earth. Both probes were identical design. Launched on 2 Jan 1959, Luna-1 missed the Moon by a narrow margin and entered Solar orbit. Luna-2, launched on 13 Sep 1959, hit the Moon square-on and dusted it with a cloud of tiny titanium pennants. This addon simulates both probes. It is specifically designed for and tested with R-7 project by astronavt.
Luna-3 space probe, launched on 4 Oct 1959 (exactly two years after the first satellite) had achieved many “firsts”. The first self-orienting spacecraft, the first slingshot maneuver… but the most notable “first” was, of course, the first set of photos of the Moon’s Far Side, taken on film and transmitted over radio comm link. This addon recreates the probe in high details. It is specifically designed for and tested with R-7 project by astronavt.
Block L is an orbital stage of the Russian Molniya rocket. This is what makes Molniya distinct, allowing it to launch spacecrafts from Low Earth Orbits to so-called Molniya Orbits (high elliptical orbits), to off-plane lunar trajectories and to Mars and Venus interplanetary trajectories. This addon is specifically designed for and tested with R-7 project by astronavt. It fully automates launches of Molniya satellites and historical lunar probes.
The first Russian communication satellite, Molniya-1. It gave its name to the 4-stage R7-derived rocket, that is still operational today. It also gave name to a special class of hi-elliptical orbits, that are now called "Molniya orbits". Molniya-1 was not a geostationary satellite. Highly elliptical orbit provided an extended stay over the Northern Hemisphere (where it was mostly needed), with short perigee swoops over Southern Hemisphere. Three satellites could provide 24-hours coverage.
Luna-9 and Luna-10
Luna-9 was the first man-made object to safely land on the Moon. Luna-10 was the first man-made object to orbit the Moon. Both space probes belong to the family of the E-6 (E-6M) Soviet lunar stations. The main goal of this design was to achieve the first lunar landing. The same design was later retrofitted to put the first satellite around the Moon. This addon is specifically designed for and tested with R-7 project by astronavt, with the addition of Block L orbital stage addon.
An original lunar probe following the general path of Luna-9 (first lunar lander). Fully automated one-button out-of-plane trajectory flight from Baikonur launch to soft lunar landing! Bonus features: advanced telemetry system, collision detection, structural strength limits, atmospheric reentry disintegration. The main purpose of this addon is to demonstrate some advanced features usually not encountered in Orbiter.
Yet another V2 addon, a testbed for new features. Enhanced visual experience. Realistic behavior. Standalone application for making realistic scenarios and extended flight analysis. Rich set of historical and demo scenarios. Rich end-to-end mission simulation experience. Interface with Google Earth. Compact code base.
X-Prize Lunar Lander Challenge competitor built by John Carmack's team. Who said rockets should be big? Who said fun has to start only 100 km AGL? Fly this small cute rocketcraft around the Canaveral Base and have fun low and slow. Land, refuel and go up again. And don't miss your chance to cheer for Armadillo team in this year race for the X-Prize Lunar Lander Challenge!
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