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Orbiter Manual

Orbiter Manual

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Published by: Clayton Brandão Do Nascimento on Nov 10, 2011
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Attitude thrusters are small engines which are engaged in pairs to enable rotation or
translation of the spacecraft. In rotation mode, attitude thrusters are fired in cross-
linked pairs to produce a rotational moment (e.g. front right and back left to rotate
left). In translation mode, thrusters are fired in parallel pairs to produce a linear
moment (e.g. front right and back right to accelerate left). The current attitude mode
is indicated in the top left corner of the HUD (Att ROT and Att LIN) and can be tog-
gled with Num.
Attitude thrusters are controlled with the joystick or keyboard. In rotation mode:

Rotate: Yaw

Rotate: Pitch

Rotate: Bank

Num

Num

Joystick rudder control
Or
Joystick left/right+Button 2

Num

Num

Joystick forward/back

Num

Num

Joystick left/right

Attitude thrusters in rotational mode

In translation mode the spacecraft can be linearly accelerated forward/back,
left/right and up/down.

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Translate Forward/back

Translate: Left/right

Translate: Up/down

Num

Num

Num

Num

Joystick rudder control
Or
Joystick left/right+Button 2

Num

Num

Joystick forward/back

Attitude thrusters in translational (linear) mode

For fine control of attitude thrusters with the keyboard use

-Numpad key combi-

nations. This engages the engines at 10% thrust.
An important control function is the Kill rotation sequence ( Num). This will auto-

matically engage appropriate attitude thrusters to stop the ship‟s rotation.

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