Let’s face it. The chance of you going to space and piloting the Space Shuttle is almost nil, unless you are an air force pilot who’s lucky enough to be included in the space programme. Even our every own part-time model angkasawan (spaceman) didn’t have the chance to fly it. He only managed to make some teh tarik and play congkak while in space.
So this is the next best thing: Space Shuttle from Laminar Research, the same guys who brought you X-Plane 9.
With 2 solid rocket boosters and three rocket engines on the shuttle in total generating over 6 million pounds of thrust (a 737 engine generates about 22,000pounds), it takes about 8 minutes to reach space at Mach 23, or 27,650km/h.
In this game there’s hardly anything to do during launch and in space. The launch is totally automated. Docking with the ISS however is a nightmare. I still can’t do it.
The fun part is the reentry. Traveling at such high speeds, you need to make sure you can slow down enough to come in for the landing at the runway.
This app sure does give you the feel of piloting a Space Shuttle and going into space. Not something you’ll get to do on your normal flight simulators. Space Shuttle is available at the iTunes store. Continue reading