Microsoft Space Simulator

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Microsoft Space Simulator
Microsoft space simulator cover.jpg
Developer(s)Bruce Artwick Organization Ltd.
Publisher(s)Microsoft
Designer(s)Charles Guy
Platform(s)MS-DOS
Release1994[1]
Genre(s)Simulation
Mode(s)Single player

Microsoft Space Simulator is a space flight simulator program, based on Microsoft Flight Simulator for MS-DOS. It was one of the first general-purpose space flight simulators and it incorporated concepts from astrodynamics and celestial mechanics.

Development[edit]

Microsoft Space Simulator was released by Microsoft Home in 1994. It was developed by BAO Ltd., a company run by Bruce Artwick who was also behind development of Microsoft Flight Simulator) with Charles Guy as lead developer.

It provided support for 256 color graphics on three resolutions: 320x400, 640x400, 800x600. The graphics featured dithered gouraud shading 3D vessels, with texture mapped planets, moons, and deep sky objects.[2]

Physics engine[edit]

Microsoft Space Simulator uses Newton's laws of motion but takes account of relativistic effects by decreasing a spacecraft's acceleration as its speed approaches the speed of light[3]. It does not take account of time dilation.

Atmospheric effect are not modeled and all planetary surfaces are treated as flat spheres. A limited collision detection between vessels is implemented by using docking ports.

Features[edit]

The simulator featured 14 different spacecraft, most of them futuristic. Historical or current tech craft include the Space Shuttle (with its Manned Maneuvering Unit) and Apollo Command/Service Module and Lunar Module.

Reception[edit]

PC Gamer gave the simulator a score of 84% in its March 1995 issue[4].

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee Buchanan (November 1994). "The Final Frontier". PC Gamer. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.ibiblio.org/GameBytes/issue21/greviews/spacesim.html
  3. ^ http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/microsoft_space_simulator
  4. ^ http://www.planetmic.com/mlahren/spasim7.htm

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