Category Archives: Simulators

Videos: “Space to Ground” report on ISS – Dec.12.2017

Here is this week’s Earth to Ground report from NASA on activities related to the International Space Station:

Some other recent NASA videos:

** Astronauts on the International Space Station use amateur radio to talk with students all over the world about life and work in space. In October, flight engineer Joe Acaba made an historic contact with the Maria Montessori Institute Educational Unit in San Cristobal, Venezuela: the first-ever educational ham radio contact in that country’s history, courtesy of the Amateur Radio on International Space Station program. Here’s a look at the excitement on the ground as more than a dozen elementary and middle school students got their chance to talk to a man in space. For more on ARISS: 

** Inside KSC! for Dec.1, 2017:

** DIY Glacier Modeling with NASA’s Virtual Earth System Laboratory – A new NASA Earth science simulator allows anyone with a computer to try their hand at do-it-yourself glacier modeling. Test it for yourself at .


Videos: TMRO Orbit 10.38 – LUNARES Moon and Mars simulated living

The latest live program is now available in the archive: LUNARES Moon and Mars simulated living – Orbit 10.38 – TMRO

We talk with the crew running the ICAres-1 mission aboard the LUNARES Mobile Research Station. We will cover what the simulation is doing, how the accomplish it and why it is important for teh future of humans living and working in space.

Space news topics:

  • Haumea, the egg
  • Planet 9 Evidence Mounts!

Last week’s launches:

  • Long March 2D Returns to Flight with Venezuelan Satellite
  • SpaceX Launches 3rd batch of IridiumNEXT satellites
  • H2-A Rocket launches final Japanese GPS Satellite
  • SpaceX Launches ComSat on Reused Rocket
  • Rockot launches Sentinal 5P for ESA
  • Soyuz launches Progress MS-07

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The recent TMRO short reports:


The Orbiter 2016 Space Flight Simulator

An updated version of the free spaceflight sim Orbiter is now available: Orbiter 2016 Space Flight Simulator

Explore the solar system on your PC! Fed up with space games that insult your intelligence and violate every law of physics? Orbiter is a simulator that gives you an idea what space flight really feels like – today and in the not so distant future. And best of all: you can download it for free!


Here is a positive review of the update: Orbiter 2016 and other space flight simulators – Bruce Irving/The Space Review

Although it is fun and challenging in many ways, Orbiter 2016 truly is a space flight simulation, or what some might now call a “sandbox game.” In its level of detail and learning curve, it is something like Microsoft Flight Simulator or X-Plane, where the “game” is mainly the challenge of learning to fly, or of mastering advanced skills such as instrument approaches. Orbiter too supports atmospheric flight, but with the major addition of space flight with accurate orbital mechanics.

There is plenty to learn and do, but there are no requirements, characters, weapons, or scores, only the unforgiving rules of Newtonian physics, a wide range of tools and techniques to master, and the full solar system to explore. Learning to launch a spacecraft to orbit, dock with the ISS, land on the Moon, or navigate to Mars: all of this, and more, is possible in Orbiter.

You can choose from a variety of built-in spacecraft and scenarios, download and fly add-on spacecraft and scenarios, or even design and fly your own spacecraft, although doing so requires some external tools.

Irving also has good things to say about these two spaceflight sims:




BINARY SPACE SpaceTraveler mission simulator now includes OSIRIS-REx

An update to the SpaceTraveler Solar System & Space Missions Simulator at BINARY SPACE now includes the OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu, which just launched this month. (See  the posting OSIRIS-REx to return sample of asteroid Bennu.)




Note that SpaceTraveler is not a game type of simulator but an educational tool to investigate the flights of actual spacecraft missions via their orbital trajectory and maneuvering data.

Video: Simulation of Rosetta’s final maneuvers and landing on Comet 67P/C-G

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission to the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will end soon with the spacecraft touching down onto the icy rock sometime around September 29-30, 2016.

This video animation of Rosetta’s mission end was created with BINARY SPACE’s SpaceTraveller™, “the ultimate Solar System & Space Missions Simulator”:

The SpaceTraveller™ is a 3D Solar System & Space Missions Simulator designed for the Microsoft® Windows® platform (Microsoft® Windows® 7 or higher only). Download it and have a try for free:….