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Columbus Manned-Tended Free Flyer (MTFF) - v1

MTFF addon by 4throck for Orbiter Space Flight Simulator

This add-on is based on the final MTFF proposals and illustrations, and on the related hardware that was actually built and flown.

It features a single docking port at the front, a pressurized module (with a virtual cockpit based on Spacelab) and a power and propulsion module based on the Eureca platform. I’ve tried to approximate the Radio-frequency Ion Thruster Assembly (RITA) used for orbit raising and station keeping, so maneuvers will be very slow. Nevertheless I’ve added weak RCS jets to simplify docking procedures.

On general this add-on is designed to test the concept of a space station with a VC. It’s recommended to use CameraMDF and simulate external views on the module’s interior display screens. Also, there’s a small view port that can be visited using Firstperson module, for example.

Included scenarios feature the MTFF in orbit and docked to the Space Shuttle, Hermes and ISS.

Background on the Man-Tended Free Flyi…

And here's Sakigake

The Japanese Haley's Comet probe Sakigake model is almost done.

Columbus MTFF

lmost done with the ESA proposed Columbus MTFF spacestation. It will be a very simple Orbiter addon, with the station in orbit and one docking port. The idea is to provide an alternate destination besides the ISS.