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Do you play ships?

No, I just exploring the Universe
25 (21%)
Sometimes
48 (40%)
Often
39 (33%)
I prefer flying in s ship than a free exploration
7 (6%)
 
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tornadotodd
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24 Jan 2018 16:03

I am in the middle OFTEN/SOMETIMES.  I would be disappointed if either option was limited. More real ships and I too want to see the rovers as well.. I use ships often, but get frustrated when I have a ship in a stable orbit and am doing something else that many times especially if the game ever freezes your ships are nowhere near where you had their orbit set too. This holds true to long journeys using slower ships when I let the computer run for days. If I am in a stable orbit or trajectory I would like to come back and find the ships as I expect.. I would use them more if there was a way to fix that drifting bug, or when its implemented. For instance if I land a ship on the moon I want it to stay where I left it until I remove it or move it. Also having a feature that you could turn on and off that sets fuel limits to certain classes of ships and allows you to see what you have left, or not have the option as now tor infinite fuel.  I would use them a lot more if I could place satellites and stations in fixed or permanent orbits, and a way to add real mods like the ISS that are always where they should be, hubble, voyager ect. Being able to pre dock on ground and send up payloads ect.. More options. But I still use them very often... And Doctor of Space thanks for the cheat mode, I didn't know about that. I prefer to be lazy at times so I am going to try that one. Rovers would definitely make things a lot more interesting as would under water procedural terrain and submersible ships to explore oceaiana planets since we can now already go under water. One feature that is missing that I am disappointed about and hope to see added is the ability for atmospheric ship/planes to have an auto pilot option that you and hold your speed and altitude at the same time.. I downloaded the warp planes addons with the bowing 747s and wanted to fly across the U.S. and a couple other planets at cruising altitude of 25 30k feet and while you can hold altitude; As long as your main engines are on you will continue to gains speed. So you have to constantly adjust engines to not crash or fly out of the atmosphere at supersonic speeds bc your engines are left on.... Don't know if this is possible, but to just set back and fly over terrain at a constant speed and height and enjoy the scenery from low altitude would be very cool, and be a great addition to making ships and shuttles a more enjoyable experience. Just set back and watch.
 
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evildrganymede
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24 Jan 2018 21:32

What does flying around as a ship provide that flying around as a disembodied POV doesn't offer? (I'm honestly curious, I've never 'played' SE with a ship before).
 
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25 Jan 2018 11:29

[quote="evildrganymede"]What does flying around as a ship provide that flying around as a disembodied POV doesn't offer? (I'm honestly curious, I've never 'played' SE with a ship before).[/quote]

I get a better sense of actually 'travelling' through space. You have to work to get anywhere so it makes getting places a bit more rewarding. That said it can be a little tedious if you're not in the mood for it, so I don't exclusively use ships. If you want to fly them realistically it takes a fair bit of work and mathematics. I'm terrible at maths so it's been a good educational experience for me and very satisfying. I also just like the 'cool' appeal of it. Are there really many things more completely bad-ass than flying spacecraft? I'd recommend trying it if you haven't already, if you've played KSP or have any familiarity with orbital mechanics then the learning curve will not be steep at all. The UI is a little clunky, but once you get used to it, it's second nature.
 
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28 Jan 2018 22:10

evildrganymede wrote:
What does flying around as a ship provide that flying around as a disembodied POV doesn't offer?


Flying SE ships is a different experience than just looking around, as Iamjackslameusername wrote. It took me some time to realize that flying in thin atmosphere with very low pressure is totally different from dense environments. First I thought it is some kind of a bug. I'd recommend to test flying on Earth first. Next thing is flying on low gravity selenas, or slow flying in general, where you use vertical thrusters and low thrust maneuvering, helicopter-like. Also interplanetary travels (without warping) is very much fun, getting to stable orbit, changing orbits, docking maneuvers, escaping gravity, and so on. Very much like KSP experience (I just must do the maths by myself :)).
 
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28 Jan 2018 22:42

Actually atmospheric flight is not quite buggy, but is rather limited and simplistic. Ideally, when flying on Earth, especially with my novelty warp planes, you're not supposed to need to keep the hover thrusters on at all times just to maintain level flight. For example, FAA regulations prohibit airspeeds faster than 250 knots (420 feet per second, 129 meters per second), whenever a craft is below 10000 feet AGL, and every single modern airliner in the real world can fly just fine at that speed, under those altitudes, AND with flaps at 0. I think SE, either by design or by mistake, treats 1 bar at 1 g as if it were 0.1 bar at 1 g or 2 g. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I do not remember if improvements to aerodynamic flight is planned, since SE is more for Space Stuff than Aviation Stuff. :)
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29 Jan 2018 03:29

SE uses simple analytical aerodynamics model with 11 numerical coefficients interpolated by splines. These coefficients are for MIG-29 (I think), taken from somewhere, it's impossible to remember the source now. The data tables are limited by the "forward" motion, ie attack angles in range -90°...+90°. This is why it goes crazy if you trying to fly backward.

It is possible to import data tables for other planes. I can make a function to load them from the file, so aerodynamics model can be customized/modded. Maybe these coefficients can be calculated for a custom ship mesh in some third-party software like X-Plane.
 
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29 Jan 2018 08:43

SpaceEngineer wrote:
SE uses simple analytical aerodynamics model with 11 numerical coefficients interpolated by splines. These coefficients are for MIG-29 (I think), taken from somewhere, it's impossible to remember the source now. The data tables are limited by the "forward" motion, ie attack angles in range -90°...+90°. This is why it goes crazy if you trying to fly backward.

It is possible to import data tables for other planes. I can make a function to load them from the file, so aerodynamics model can be customized/modded. Maybe these coefficients can be calculated for a custom ship mesh in some third-party software like X-Plane.

Crazy Aerodynamic at backward flight is annoying. Since SE's ships would land on surfaces by hovering.
Probably we may also need better aerodynamics at hypersonic flight since shuttles would have to do that when they are launching from/ entering to planets with atmosphere.
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ngx
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29 Jan 2018 08:52

SpaceEngineer wrote:
It is possible to import data tables for other planes. I can make a function to load them from the file, so aerodynamics model can be customized/modded.

If it is not very complicated and you have enough time, please do it. Enabling customizable aerodynamic physics and limitations per ship is a great idea, that would push SE even more forward. Many thanx!
 
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30 Jan 2018 20:05

SpaceEngineer wrote:
SE uses simple analytical aerodynamics model with 11 numerical coefficients interpolated by splines. These coefficients are for MIG-29 (I think), taken from somewhere, it's impossible to remember the source now. The data tables are limited by the "forward" motion, ie attack angles in range -90°...+90°. This is why it goes crazy if you trying to fly backward.

It is possible to import data tables for other planes. I can make a function to load them from the file, so aerodynamics model can be customized/modded. Maybe these coefficients can be calculated for a custom ship mesh in some third-party software like X-Plane.

That makes a lot of sense, actually. Thanks!

Plus, only ships that have Aerodynamic set to true would actually need the more complex tables, so the MIG-29 data could be retained as the default for anything that does not have their own custom coefficients. :)
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