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Orbiter

Orbiter

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The Map MFD mode shows a surface map of a planet or moon in a cylindrical (lati-
tude vs. longitude) projection, and a superimposed orbit track of the spacecraft and
an optional target object.
The Map MFD has been significantly improved and now supports the following fea-
tures:

NEW
!

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Choice of ground track or orbital plane display. In ground track mode, the
map shows the past surface track up to the current position, as well as a prediction
of the future track line. In orbital plane mode, the map shows the great circle de-
fining the intersection of the planet surface with the orbital plane.
Horizon lines. The planet horizon, as seen from the spacecraft, can be displayed
as a line. This defines the surface area currently visible from the spacecraft (or
equivalently, the area within which the spacecraft appears above the horizon for a
ground-based observer).
Track mode. The map can either be scrolled manually, or set to track mode,
where the spacecraft is kept in the centre of the display.
Terminator line. The lit hemisphere of the planet can be marked by a shaded
area or boundary line.
Vector coast and contour lines. If provided for the target planet, the map can
display coast lines or other contours, such as topological levels.
Large zoom range. Zoom factors between 1 and 128 are supported.
Optional display of surface bases and navigation radio transmitters.
Surface bases and VOR transmitters can be displayed in the map. At higher zoom
levels, the positions are labeled with names and frequencies.
Optional display of additional surface features. If the target planet sup-
ports additional surface markers (see also Section 22.1), such as cities or geological
features, these can be selected and displayed in the map.
Configuration page. The Map MFD can be configured via a configuration page.
The current spacecraft position is displayed with a green cross. The ground track or
orbit plane, as well as the visibility horizon, are shown as green lines. For ground
track modes, the past track is shown in dark green, while the predicted future track is
shown in bright green. In total, the track for approximately three orbits will be
shown.
Note that in orbit plane display mode, the cross sectional line will slowly move across
the map, as the planet rotates below it.
In addition to your own orbit, the position and ground track or orbit plane of a target
object (e.g. a spacecraft or moon) orbiting the same central body can be displayed.
The position and orbit lines are shown in yellow.
The positions of spacecraft and orbit target (longitude, latitude and altitude) are
shown at the bottom of the map display.
Surface bases are indicated by yellow squares. A surface base can be selected as a tar-
get, which will display its position at the bottom of the page.

Key options (map display):

REF Open input box for reference planet/moon selection.

TGT Open a menu for target selection.

ZM- Decrease the zoom level by factor 2 down to 1x (global view).

ZM+ Increase the zoom level by factor 2 up to 128x.

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TRK Switch automatic vessel track mode on or off.

DSP Switch to parameter selection page

UP

Scroll map display up (not in track mode or global view).

DN

Scroll map display down (not in track mode or global view).

<

Scroll map display left (not in track mode).

>

Scroll map display right (not in track mode).

Key options (parameter selection):

UP

Move selection marker up.

DN

Move selection marker down.

MOD Modify the currently selected option.

OK

Return to map display.

MFD control layout:

MFD display components:

reference
planet

surface
bases

orbit target

current
position

zoom level

horizon line

terminator
line

ground track
(predicted)

target base

ground track
(past)

locations for
spacecraft,
target and
base

Select map
reference

Select target
base/orbit

Zoom out

Zoom in

Toggle track
mode on/off

Open config
page

Scroll up

Scroll down

Scroll left

Scroll right

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Readouts:

Spacecraft: position (longitude, latitude) and altitude
Orbit target: position (longitude, latitude) and altitude
Base target: position (longitude, latitude)

Notes:

Only objects (ships, stations or moons) orbiting the current reference planet will
be accepted as orbit targets.
Only bases located on the current reference planet will be accepted as target bases.
Your ship‟s orbital plane will only be plotted if you are orbiting the current
reference planet.
If required, the Map MFD mode can be reverted to the 2006 legacy version by
adding the line
MapMFDVersion = 0

reference
planet

city

base

current
position

zoom level

VOR
transmitter

target base

Display
items

Selection
marker

Display
status

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to the Orbiter.cfg configuration file in the main Orbiter folder.

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