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Apathy Man
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« on: November 01, 2011, 11:34:51 PM »

Continuing where my late brother had left off with his work with his initial (and sadly outdated) Mission Flightplan Files, I'm proud to report that development of the next version of his work is underway. As before, these are for those who prefer to push the buttons and do the checks as the real astronauts did, at the most historically precise times as possible.

You can view the first of these new files, the Quickstart version of Apollo 8, the next time you perform a CVS Update (Doc\Project Apollo - NASSP\Flightplans\Apollo 8\Apollo 8 Flightplan Basic.xls). You will also find a fully updated Quickstart Scenario file for Apollo 8 with Orbiter 2010 P1 Compatability with updated proper launch attributes.

What's new, and current goals in the V2 versions:

  • A complete overhaul of procedures, now simulating the actual procedures used.
  • Few to no "work-arounds" (ie. no shortcuts or variations meant from historical timelines/procedures).
  • Apollo specific abbreviations and less oversimplifying of processes.
  • Maintaining the same simplicity of structure and navigation through each task.
  • Ease of printing if necessary.
  • Color coded redundant or verification steps in procedures. For example, the previous versions had left out verifying switch settings in certain positions that would have been assumed had been left in the position specified. Now, every step is detailed, but the switch or dials that should have been in that position beforehand are now a blue font. After all, you are just one person performing many of the same tasks that three astronauts did, under often time sensitive situations. However, this does not mean to skip the blue font, but to verify the switch or dial is in the right position. Verifications that are mission critical will never be a blue font.
  • Scenario or mission irrelevant details (when applicable) are an orange font.
  • Important messages, cautions and warnings, are now a red font to ensure they stand out clearer before moving ahead.
  • Condensing the tabbed checklists from 11 to 8 separate procedure lists (very similar to the Systems, G&C, Launch, Entry, etc. checklists).

Below is the update the plan of the coming missions. This list will be updated as development continues:

Apollo 7 Basic: On Hold (pending development of rendezvous), 35% complete.
Apollo 7 vAGC: On Hold (pending development of rendezvous), 20% complete.
Apollo 8 Basic: Finished, committed, 100% complete.
Apollo 8 vAGC: Groundwork started, 15% complete.
Apollo 9 Basic: Next Release, currently in writing, 55% complete.
Apollo 10 Basic: Not Started, 0% complete.
Apollo 11 Basic: Not Started, 0% complete.
Apollo 11 vAGC: Not Started, 0% complete.
Apollo 12 Basic: Not Started, 0% complete.
Apollo 13 Basic: Not Started, 0% complete.
Apollo 14 Basic: Not Started, 0% complete.
Apollo 15 Basic: On Hold, pending current sim mission endurance allowance (sim has 2 O2/H2 tanks, need 3 of each to complete), 0% complete.
Apollo 15 vAGC: On Hold, pending current sim mission endurance allowance (sim has 2 O2/H2 tanks, need 3 of each to complete), 0% complete.
Apollo 16 Basic: On Hold, pending current sim mission endurance allowance (sim has 2 O2/H2 tanks, need 3 of each to complete), 0% complete.
Apollo 17 Basic: On Hold, pending current sim mission endurance allowance (sim has 2 O2/H2 tanks, need 3 of each to complete), 0% complete.

Enjoy!
« Last Edit: November 14, 2011, 12:59:39 PM by Apathy Man » Logged

"Whoopee!" Pete Conrad's first word upon stepping on the moon.
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2011, 06:24:12 PM »

Thanks Apathy Man.

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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2011, 12:56:30 PM »

Apollo 8 Basic Flightplan now 100% complete and committed to CVS. Pending a few minor developments in the sim, some additional procedures will be added later on down the line.

Additions to the new file:
  • Lunar Landmark Sightings, Lunar Landmark Tracking, Future Landing Site Sightings.
              Now you can head to the moon with a purpose! Explore the same places on the moon that the actual astronauts did, as taken from the flight transcripts. How to carry this out has now been added to the flightplan.
  • Abort Mode Procedures have been added.
  • A Setup tab outlining the mission and ease of configuration for the flightplan and simulator has been added.
  • Pre-Sleep & Post-Sleep checklists added.
  • Other smaller improvements, and mistakes have been corrected.

In addition, there is a new "Flightplan Scenarios" folder committed to CVS. This folder will hold the scenario files made specifically for use with the new Flightplan files. These scenario files will have the proper pad positions, and historically correct consumables quantities as used in the actual missions, to ensure the most historically realistic simulation possible. The first of these files is Apollo 8.scn, which has already been added under the Flightplan Scenarios folder upon your next CVS update.

Work on Apollo 9 is currently in the writing phase. Following the testing phase, expect the initial version of the new Apollo 9 Basic flightplan in the near future.
« Last Edit: November 14, 2011, 01:01:49 PM by Apathy Man » Logged

"Whoopee!" Pete Conrad's first word upon stepping on the moon.
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