F-Sim Space Shuttle
By Ledinsky Software GmbH
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to land the Space Shuttle? Now you can find out. F-Sim Space Shuttle is a critically acclaimed flight simulator for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It simulates the Space Shuttle approach and landing in incredible detail and accuracy. We’ve tried to combine realistic flight dynamics with stunning graphics and fun game play: Each landing attempt takes just a few minutes. Our landing analysis and scoring system tells you exactly how to improve your next landing. It will make you come back and try again.
Each flight starts at either 10,000 feet, already aligned with the runway, or at up to 50,000 feet, before banking into the heading alignment cone. During descent, the Orbiter is an unpowered glider, so you will only have one chance to get it right. Astronauts used to call it a flying brick: because of its 200,000 lbs. gross weight and low lift over drag ratio, the approach is six times steeper and two times faster than a typical airliner approach. Landing the Orbiter takes practice, but the built-in autopilot demo and tutorials will get you started. After your first safe touchdown, chase that perfect landing, compare your high scores online with your friends, earn medals, and unlock achievements. Experiment with different weather conditions, night approaches, and even emergency scenarios or system failures. At the end of each flight, watch a replay from different camera angles.
You control the Orbiter’s pitch and roll axes by tilting your device. Alternatively, you may switch to on-screen analog sticks. Rudder, speed brake, gear, and chute are usually handled by the autopilot, but you can have full manual control if you like. For beginners, we’ve added rectangles that visualize the desired approach path. Simply try to stay within the corridor of rectangles, and they’ll guide you right to the touchdown point. Advanced pilots can turn them off and rely on the instruments in the head-up display (HUD) instead. The simulated guidance, navigation and control (GNC) systems are authentic replications of their counterparts in the real Orbiter, and the HUD features all the instruments real Space Shuttle commanders used to employ to skillfully land this unique aircraft. Now it’s your turn to give it a try.
Here’s what others have said about it:
“Because this app is so visually exciting, so technically deep, so sophisticated, so beautifully done in its realism, effects, and documentation, it earned a perfect 5/5 rating, Outstanding.”
John Martellaro, Senior Editor for Reviews, The Mac Observer
“I was excited to see that I can enjoy flying the space shuttle realistically also on my iPhone and complement my addiction to our Space Shuttle Mission Simulator on PC when I am on the road.”
Alex L., www.space-shuttle-mission.com
“Absolutely awesome app that is a must for shuttle huggers and aspiring astronauts.”
Chris Bergin, Managing Editor, NASASpaceflight.com
F-Sim Space Shuttle takes full advantage of modern iOS devices, but also runs smoothly on older hardware. We’ve tested it on all iOS devices, and iOS versions 3 to 7.
What's New in Version 2.8.2
This is a bug fix release, there are no new features in version 2.8.2:
• Fixes a bug where the volume sliders were unresponsive on iPhone and iPod touch
• Fixes a bug where the radio volume was set to 0 after recording a replay
• Fixes a bug where F-Sim would crash if Game Center was used on iOS 4.
New features in version 2.8:
You can now record and save your replays¹. They are rendered to video in HD (up to 1080p²) and saved in your camera roll. From there you can upload them to YouTube, send them via e-mail, or import them into other apps (e.g. iMove for post-processing).
¹ requires iOS 5 or newer
² record in HD on iPhone 4S or later, 5th generation iPod touch, and iPad 2 or later
The most realistic flight sim in the app store, period. This is the exact approach and landing that the shuttle flies (oops, flew). The developer nailed the shuttle's HUD perfectly. It's not just some generic cut-and-paste HUD and flight profile like many sims throw in their half-baked shuttle add-ons (*cough* x-plane). This is an inch-perfect shuttle HUD reproduction.
The flight profiles are also beautifully accurate. You can choose different approach directions, HAC profiles, runway direction, and weather conditions. This allows you to actually recreate historical landing conditions and fly them as they originally did.
Because of all this, this app is also a major challenge. In the two years I've had this app I've made thousands of landings in varying conditions. It took a long time to be able to make consistent "good" landings, and only in the last six months have I been making somewhat frequent "perfect" landings.
Simply put, this sim is remarkable.
A BIG Thank You to the developer and his team!
Improve the scoring
I have been flying the shuttle simulator for three years now. Loved the update in summer of 2011. However I have been disappointed with the updates since 2012.
The scoring has been so much more difficult. What used to be perfect or good landing now is only safe or not acceptable at all. Also the scoring seems only based on the the very end of the flight. You can fly a perfect full flight and then land inches before the perfect zone and not get a good score. You can also fly a terrible full flight but then pull it together at the end and score really well.
No real explanation of why a flight was scored safe instead of good. No way to know how to improve for the next flight.
Please improve the scoring system! Provide more feedback than just what is provided on the landing analysis.
Please, please provide more feedback on why the flight is scored a certain way and what areas need to be improved to improve your flying and score.
Feedback on weird bug: landing analysis tells me I'm about 300 feet short on touch down when I'm actually spot on. This is very odd. And I'm a veteran at this
The parachute is really great! Love the update! After a couple years this is really one of the few apps that I keep going back to!
The last update is crazy good. I love this app and it's one of the few that have stayed on my phone since the beginning. Outside visuals are stunning. Seriously I would have paid for this update. But then again, I'm a space nerd.
Wish list: add chutes and animate them!
My name is Sandro and I am an addict: I can't put this app down! Photorealism and a great flight model gives you a pretty good high when trying to land.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Apr 26, 2013
- Version: 2.8.2
- Size: 42.9 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Ledinsky Software GmbH
- © 2012 Ledinsky Software GmbH
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.