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Realistic space flight simulator iOS

  1. Jan 21, 2013 #1
    Hey everyone,

    I've been looking for a space flight simulator to play around with that simulates real physic, or at least as much as possible...and I came across http://www.space-simulator.com the other day.

    They say the physics and the orbital mechanics is 'real', but I'm no expert so how can I tell if it really is based on real physics or if it's just clever editing? Any ideas?

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  3. Jan 23, 2013 #2


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    Looks a bit like the orbiter.

    Concerning orbital mechanics: The real physics (well, Newtonian mechanics) is the easiest way to implement that, so I would assume a realistic physics there.
    Atmospheric drag and similar issues are more problematic, you have to use some approximations there to keep calculations simple.
    A clever model will be so close to reality that you cannot see the difference unless you get access to the source code.

    Ideas how to check orbital mechanics:
    - Fly in an orbit around sun far away from planets, compare orbital period, velocity and so on to real orbits (test of two-body mechanics and the used numerical methods in general)
    - Fly to a lagrangian point, see if it works like the real points (test of influences of 2 objects at the same time)
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