Apr 30 2002
Realistic spacecraft simulation features a fully operational cockpit, real-time 3d visuals and the capability to run networked simulations.
Mac OS 9, Mac OS X soon. Demo available.
April 30, 2002. Brick, NJ – YOU ARE GO! today announced A-OK! The Wings of Mercury for Mac OS Classic is shipping. A-OK! The Wings of Mercury simulates America’s first spacecraft, Project Mercury. Users can fly orbital mission’s like John Glenn’s historic 1962 flight or suborbital missions, simulating the first two American spaceflights by Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom.
A-OK! The Wings of Mercury is priced at $59.95 and $29.95 for an upgrade from 2.x. A demo version, which can be upgraded to a full version right from the program, is available for download at the YOU ARE GO! web site. A Mac OS X-native version will be released shortly and a Windows version is in development.
A-OK! The Wings of Mercury opens a new frontier in computer simulations. The operation of every gauge, light and switch in the spacecraft is simulated to a high degree of fidelity. So accurate are the spacecraft systems that users consult reproductions of the actual flight documentation used by the Mercury astronauts. The simulator can generate hundreds of failure scenarios that require split-second decisions to survive.
Real-time 3D shows the view out the window and also provides an external camera that follows the spacecraft through the entire flight. The Mercury navigational periscope, with it’s unique 160Â° view is also simulated.
A-OK! The Wings of Mercury ships with A-OK! Mission Control Center, an application that simulates the consoles at Mercury mission control and allows up to ten participants to assume the roles of Flight Dynamics Officer, Flight Surgeon, Cap Com, etc. The networked simulations can run on a LAN or over the Internet.
A-OK! The Wings of Mercury also ships with a suite of tools that allows users to edit the launch and landing areas, calculate retrofire and ground station contact times and other mission-critical tasks.
Users can extend and modify many items (weather, launch events, checklists, astronaut data, mission profile, saved missions, ground stations, etc.) by editing a simple XML file OR, create your own editor for that particular item.
The demo version is restricted to sub-orbitial, non-networked simulations and does not allow the use of the A-OK! Tool Kit. In addition, to removing these restrictions, registered users will be entitled to free updates from version 3.0 to 3.9 and priority in bug reporting and follow-up.