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Venera 9 Orbiter add-on progress

Venera 9 for Orbiter screenshots. It will take some time to get the configuration right, but I'm making progress. I'm following the Venera-D add-on by kodiak as a guideline and because the landing sequence is similar.

Proton launch

Entry sphere separation



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Apollos 18, 19 and 20 for AMSO

Clearing a large backlog of released realistic add-ons over the last two years.

I'll start with the cancelled moon missions based on the Apollo AMSO add-on for Orbiter.
Flowing the general outline of the available NASA planning documents I did Apollo 18, 19 and 20, complete with terrain, patches and EVAs.

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Orion cockpit layout

In preparation for my Constellation program add-on, I collected some images about Orion's cockpit panel layout.

These are quite interesting and you can see how it is evolving.

2012 (NASA Systems Engineering Simulator)

2014  layout
I assembled this view  from a NASA video showing most parts of the panel and LCD displays. Resolution is good enough to read most of the labels.

2014 Mockup

2015 Mockup
The 2015 mockup shows some diferences from the 2014 version. The design seems less monotonous and with a few less flip switches.

Image sources: NASA

Skylab B

Although silent, I'm quite busy working the Skylab B series of add-ons!

They depict the planned Skylab B international space station, a follow up to the historical US Skylab program.

In reality the Skylab B hardware exists and is on museum display. It was identical to the flown Skylab, since it was its flight spare.

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