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Shenzhou 7

Post #21by DaveBowman2001 » 13.03.2023, 06:31

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The Shenzhou spacecraft is a Chinese crewed spacecraft developed under Project 921, which started development in 1992. It resembles the Soyuz in design, but noticeably larger. It first flew unmanned in 1999, and it carried its first taikonaut to space in 2003 during its fifth mission. Since 2021, the Shenzhou is the primary transport vehicle for taikonaut crews to and from the Tiangong Space Station

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This particular add-on focuses on the Shenzhou 7 mission of September 2008, which featured China's first extravehicular activity (EVA) or spacewalk in history.

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A huge thank you to Sirius_Alpha for the approval to use his Shenzhou model and helping me to create the orbital module for this mission! Taikonaut models are made by Max Grüeter
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Post #22by gironde » 15.03.2023, 10:07

IMPORTANT for Starlink

SpaceX begins launching its Starlink V2 satellites. Since they are larger and heavier than the previous series and the Falcon 9 launch vehicle is not suitable for this load, SpaceX must wait for the Starship to enter service. In the meantime, the models launched will be "mini V2" and they will be in lesser quantity with each flight.
The numerama.com site explains this by specifying that the V2 type has a wingspan of 30m once its panels are deployed against 11m for the previous models.

Currently my files were referring to a radius of 0.0016 (folded) instead of 0.0055 (what needs to be changed).
From today, types V1 and V1.5 will have a radius of 0.0055 and type V2 a radius of 0.015

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Post #23by DaveBowman2001 » 15.03.2023, 13:04

Starlink V1.5 are indeed larger than the original Starlink V1.0 satellites
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I haven't seen how the Starlink V2.0 satellites might look like, but if they are larger than even the V1.5, I can see why it probably won't fit well with the current Falcon 9 fairings
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Post #24by gironde » 15.03.2023, 15:13

Here, Starlink launches 75 on 2023-02-17, 76 on 2023-02-27, and 77 on 2023-03-03
123 satellites (with new radius)
update of the list of satellites returned to Earth (3 sat.)

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Added after 1 hour 33 minutes:
what I could find on Starlink size:

prototype Tintin A and B : block 1,1 × 0,7 × 0,7 m and 2 solar panels de 8m each
V 0.9 : 227kg 3.813 x 11.436m wingspan 11m
V1.0 : 260kg 3.813 x 11.436m wingspan 11m
V1.5 : 305kg 3.813 x 11.436m wingspan 11m
V2.0 : 1250-2000kg block 6,4 × 2,7 m and 2 solar panels 12,7 × 4,1 m (each), wingspan 30m
V2 mini : 750-830kg block 4,1 × 2,7 m and 2 solar panels 12,8 × 4,1 m (each), wingspan 30m

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International Space Station (March 2023)

Post #25by DaveBowman2001 » 18.03.2023, 13:10

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The International Space Station (as of 2023-Mar-18)

The International Space Station (ISS) is a multinational collaborative project between five space agencies around the world (NASA, Roscosmos, ESA, JAXA, CSA), which serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory for astrobiology, astronomy, meteorology, physics, and other fields. The ISS is suited for testing the spacecraft systems and equipment required for possible future long-duration missions to the Moon and Mars.

The model is based from the NASA model published in 2019 and includes crewed and uncrewed missions from all spacecraft from 1998 to 2024

WHAT'S NEW?
- Replaces entirely the January 2023 update of this addon
- Updated arrival/departure dates for the following missions: Boeing CFT, Boeing Starliner-1, Progress MS-21, Progress MS-22, Soyuz MS-22, Soyuz MS-23, SpaceX Crew-5, SpaceX Crew-6, SpaceX Crew-7, SpaceX CRS-27, SpaceX CRS-28, SpaceX CRS-29
- File arrangement were again restructured in preparation for the upcoming Russian Orbital Service Station. You will notice that the files for Prichal and the Nauka (airlock) were moved onto the ROSS folder inside
- Speaking of Prichal, it is remodeled once again, and it should look like the actual hardware flown to the station this time
- Corrected dates for the deployment of the second set of iROSA arrays that were delivered during SpaceX CRS-26
- Nauka outfitting equipment deployment were delayed from February 2023 to August 2023. Once again this is purely wild guess as there's no info as of yet when the next Russian EVAs will be conducted at this point.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
- Because this update has a slightly different file arrangement than the previous iterations, delete those addons first before installing this one to prevent any conflicts from happening
- The Shuttle missions require the STS-2022 addon installed

DOWNLOAD LATEST VERSION HERE, 2023-11-06
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Post #26by DaveBowman2001 » 18.03.2023, 13:56

Screenshots of some of the changes in the March 2023 update
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Post #27by DaveBowman2001 » 21.03.2023, 13:22

Currently extending the XYZV trajectory of OSIRIS-REx as JPL HORIZONS finally provided data for its APEX mission extension (2023-2030), which allows the infamous asteroid 99942 Apophis to be visited for the first time
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OSIRIS-REx (March 2023)

Post #28by DaveBowman2001 » 22.03.2023, 11:16

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OSIRIS-REx collecting samples on Bennu, 2020-Oct-20

The third spacecraft under the New Frontiers program, OSIRIS-REx is a NASA asteroid mission launched in 2016 to retrieve 60-2000 g of material from asteroid 101955 Bennu. It reached the asteroid in late 2018, and made its sample collection in 2020. It is expected to return to Earth on September 2023, and afterwards will go to the asteroid 99942 Apophis by 2029.

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The trajectory for the APEX mission extension, 2023-2030

This addon update extends the existing XYZV trajectories from 2023 to 2030, which allows the APEX mission extension and its encounter with 99942 Apophis possible on Celestia for the first time. However, possibly due to current lack of data, the actual orbital insertion is (unfortunately) not yet included, and the closest distance that will be made is only 47 km on 2029-Jun-5 (see image below)

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"Closest distance" to 99942 Apophis, 2029-Jun-5

Original addon by toutatis. The updates for the asteroids 99942 Apophis and 101955 Bennu are linked on their respective mobi pages

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Post #29by gironde » 29.03.2023, 11:14

78th Launch Starlink V1.5 Group 2-7 2023-03-17 UTC 52 satellites

17th (SpaceX) Oneweb Launch 2023-03-09 19:13 UTC, 40 Satellites
18th (India) Oneweb launch 2023-03-26 03:30:20 UTC, 36 satellites
end of the 1st phase of launches with a complete network around the globe

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Post #30by DaveBowman2001 » 05.04.2023, 13:26

The first two modules of the future Axiom Commercial Orbital Station are completed and attached to the ISS
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PMA-2 relocated to Unity to make room for HTV-X

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The AxH1 and AxH2 modules share identical designs

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Leonardo/PMM relocated to the Axiom Segment, c. 2029-2030

These modules (and two others not yet shown) are currently expected to fly from 2025-2028 and therefore becoming independent from the ISS by 2029-2030
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Post #31by gironde » 09.04.2023, 08:08

Here, new Starlink launches
76 on 2023-02-27 corrected (names of each spacecraft) ,
79 on 2023-03-24 (56 sat.),
80 on 2023-03-29 (56 sat.)

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James Webb (April 2023)

Post #32by DaveBowman2001 » 13.04.2023, 11:46

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JWST's trajectory set into geocentric mode, 2021-2025

Update to the JWST addon. XYZV trajectory extended for five months (from Nov 2024 to Apr 2025) and while the SampledTrajectory is running, its BodyFrame is set to Earth so that its name will be hidden far from our planet when viewed from the Outer Solar System. It will switch back to Sol once the XYZV expires after Apr 2025 to provide perpetual existence on Celestia for long timescales lol

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Post #33by DaveBowman2001 » 13.04.2023, 14:03

I've started development for Project Gemini (Part 3) yesterday, starting with a remastered version of the Agena Target Vehicle derived from NASA's own 3D model on the 3D Resources site:
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Post #34by gironde » 26.04.2023, 09:56

new Starlink launches
81 on 2023-04-19 (21 sat. of group 6-2 V2 mini)

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Post #35by gironde » 12.05.2023, 08:03

new Starlink launches
82 on 2023-04-27 (46 sat. of group 3-5 V1.5)
83 on 2023-05-04 (56 sat. of group 5-6 V1.5)

and in txt file, 3 new desobited satellites

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Post #36by DaveBowman2001 » 22.05.2023, 11:49

Since the Forums went down last April, here are the upcoming spacecraft add-ons that I've been working on around this time:

Lunar Flashlight
A small cubesat that failed to reach the Moon
Released: 2023-May-26, 03:47
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Project Gemini (Part 3)
Featuring the current progress as of 2023-May-22. Replaces Part 1 and Part 2
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An Agena Target Vehicle as seen from Gemini 8

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The ATDA of Gemini 9A, a.k.a "The Angry Alligator"

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NOTE: Gemini currently used is from default 1.7.0

Salyut 1 to 7 (2023)
Remastered versions, replaces entirely the Salyut 1 to 7 (2022) series
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- Salyut 1 (Released: 2023-Jul-31, 12:12)
- Salyut 3 (Released: 2023-Jul-24, 08:34)
- Salyut 4 (Released: 2023-Jul-23, 14:57)
- Salyut 5 (Released: 2023-Jul-23, 13:03)
- Salyut 6 (Released: 2023-Jul-21, 12:57)
- Salyut 7 (Released: 2023-Jul-20, 10:19)

Suomi NPP
A pathfinder weather satellite for the JPSS program
Released: 2023-May-24, 10:36
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TIROS-1 to 19
The first weather satellites in history
Released: 2023-May-31, 04:11
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New Horizons (2023)

Post #37by DaveBowman2001 » 22.05.2023, 11:59

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New Horizons is a NASA/APL space probe that was launched as a part of NASA's New Frontiers program. It was launched in 2006 with the primary mission to perform a flyby study of the Pluto system in 2015, and a secondary mission to fly by and study one or more other Kuiper belt objects (KBOs) in the decade to follow, which became a mission to 486958 Arrokoth in 2019. It is the fifth space probe to achieve the escape velocity needed to leave the Solar System.

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This add-on extends the existing XYZV trajectory from 2026 to 2040, made possible via Orbiter 2016. This is based on the year when the RTG is expected to run out of power. Original add-on by Jestr and toutatis

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Mir (2023)

Post #38by DaveBowman2001 » 23.05.2023, 07:44

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Mir shortly after completion, April 1996

Mir is a Soviet/Russian space station that operated in LEO from 1986 to 2001. Comprising of seven different modules, it is the first modular space station ever assembled in space, and throughout its history, it hosted 30 long-duration expeditions, each carrying three astronauts arriving via a Soyuz or a Space Shuttle, with stays ranging from 7 to 434 days. The experience acquired in space station assembly paved the way for other modular space stations like the ISS and Tiangong to also be built

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STS-71 (Atlantis) docked to Mir, June 1995

WHAT'S NEW?
- Replaces entirely the May 2022 version of this addon
- More detailed CMOD models and textures
- Solar panels capable of suntracking
- Visiting spacecraft have repositioned coordinates to match the new models

REQUIRED ADD-ONS:
- STS-2022...install this first before applying the Shuttle-Mir SSC patch below
- Salyut 7...new version coming soon

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Soyuz TM-17 waiting for Progress M-18 to vacate Mir, July 1993

DOWNLOAD LINKS:
Files in Soyuz TM and Progress M will overwrite those included in the ISS, but not the SSC themselves

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Shuttle-Mir (SSC patch).zip
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Suomi NPP

Post #39by DaveBowman2001 » 24.05.2023, 10:36

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The Suomi NPP is a NASA/NOAA weather satellite launched in 2011 that was originally intended as a pathfinder for the cancelled NPOESS Preparatory Project, aimed to replace the older POES and DMSP fleets. Since its launch, it is now integrated into the Joint Polar Satellite System program. It is still active as of 2023

NOTES:
- A satellite with an identical design, NOAA-20 (JPSS-1), is included in this add-on
- Replaces the older model found in a 2018 add-on of the same name

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Lunar Flashlight

Post #40by DaveBowman2001 » 26.05.2023, 03:47

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Lunar Flashlight is a small 6U-cubesat designed to orbit the Moon around NRHO and study water deposits on its lunar south pole. It was launched alongside Hakuto-R1 on December 11, 2022. However, its engines were severely underperforming to the point it cannot reach the Moon entirely. The mission was abandoned on May 12, 2023 and is now on its way into heliocentric orbit instead

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Overall XYZV trajectory of the Lunar Flashlight, 2022-2023

Orbital trajectory from JPL HORIZONS. You can still visit the spacecraft on the Present Day, although its name is only visible until May 12th to signify its End of Mission

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