Starship Simulator (beta-7 v0.97) New February 4, 2018
Not all Browsers are created equal.
The 3D Local Stars fly-through viewscreen can only be viewed with Internet Explorer version 11, Pale Moon, SeaMonkey, Lunascape or old Firefox browsers (versions 51 and earlier) with the free: Cortona 3D Plugin installed. The 3D Local Stars world is original content, only available at Produce Release.com.
Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Edge browsers cannot use the Cortona plugin and will NOT show the 3D Local Stars.
Launch - Full Starship Simulator or just the 3D Local Stars
Browsers that SUPPORT the 3D Local Stars. The [Wide] and [Full] control buttons will appear at the top of the left yolk grip.
Internet Explorer version 11
Browsers that support everything else, but will NOT SUPPORT the 3D Local Stars. Buttons will NOT be available on the left yolk grip.
Full Starship Simulator
You need to use one of the Browsers in the left column, in order for the Starship Simulator to work. Only the top, two browsers, IE-11 or SeaMonkey with the free Cortona plug-in installed, will support both 3D Local Stars viewscreen and all other features.
The four Browsers in the bottom left have been tested to use all the Starship Simulator features, but they will not work with the 3D Local Stars.
Full Starship Simulator Cockpit Cortona 3D Plugin required for the 3D Local Star Viewscreens. Please allow the Starship Simulator several minutes to load. Graphics will load much faster after the first time.
Browsers that work directly with the 3D Local Stars.
Internet Explorer version 11
(Firefox versions 51, March 2017, and older will also work.)
3D Local Stars Viewscreen Only
The browsers, listed immediately to the left, with the free Cortona 3D Plugin installed, will work here and open the 3D Local Stars.
Pale Moon and Lunascape Browsers also work here. They are not listed above, because they fail for background position movement in the Starship Simulator.
April 17, 2017: The Mission Profile Trip Calculator is now live. Access is by clicking the Trip Calculator control lever. A new browser tab will open.
A Mission Trip Calculator. Match 38 ship types with any start position, destination from more than 2600 locations, or manual enter your own mission parameters.
Mission Trip Chart
Image dbase with over 140 locations
Local 200 light year stars dbase with over 2500 locations
38 Ship types
Earth Travel Time and arrival date - converted for 4/100/400 leap year rules and valid to over 2 trillion years
Ship Travel Time with dilation and ship time arrival date
Ship time dilated coasting time
Optional change user's choice; start or arrival dates
Maximum speed reached for short hop trips
Days to Top Speed
(The Mission Profile Navigator, above, running in Excel, can do travel times and arrival dates. It also adjusts for stellar proper motion, auto course correction and ship acceleration / decleration.)
Starship image database heads-up view, above the center right monitor. This screen will be controlled by the tan and blue button console, above right of the keyboard. There are 38 different Starship images.
When you pick a ship type, the trip duration for that ship to the current outside destination is auto calculated and will appear in the overhead monitor.
Ship Dbase controller with heads-up display.
It will also show arrival dates in Earth and ship time and the ship relativistic dilation factor for near light speeds. Arrival dates can extend beyond the age of the Universe and leap years will correctly show dates.
Examples of the Ship Database and Travel Time feature. Choose one of 38 ships.
The Top monitor will show an overlay of the Travel Times for the ship you choose. This image, below, shows the Enterprise 1701-E at Warp 9.2.
This image, below, shows the USS Gailieo as a ship choice and the corrected Travel Times.
Advanced Monitor controls (A small button on the upper right yolk grip opens a larger controller console below the ship dbase and to the right of the keyboard.)
Monitors auto cycle through about 250 transparent screens, including exterior views of the starship.
Floor Walls, Window seams and Head console transparency controls. Three controls to make these areas transparent. When the floors and walls go transparent, the flight bag is automatically moved to a storage compartment.
Captain's quarters at Cooperstown Station, sub-level 3, Gale Crater, Mars.
Recode for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Zoom and background motion updated. Additional movies added. Proxima B planet with Viewpoint and two additional videos inside 3D local Star map. New Guides for each Viewscreen and Features. Large code overhaul to optimize timings, update features and get better zoom accuracy.
Firefox v52 has removed support for 3D VRML plug-in. This is only supported by Internet Explorer and Pale Moon browsers.
Google Earth, Moon and Mars buttons on the simulator code is being rewritten and will return, pointing to the new online services.
Local Stars Wide 3D (16:9) [Internet Exlorer or Pale Moon browsers only]
Local Stars Full 3D (4:3) [Internet Exlorer or Pale Moon browsers only]
Star Map Pulldown (Click and Go to Sky)
Earth Map Pulldown (Click and Go to Earth 3D)
World Web Telescope
Solar System Scope
Video Movie Player
Image Preloader added to help make mouseover, pop-up monitor closeups and pulldown maps images load immediately when needed.
Upcoming expected release February 2018
Fix code for Earth, Moon and Mars viewscreens to access Google, NASA and JPL (Finished and ready for next update)
Audio sound effects / Comm Link: help and music selections for comm link audio (In progress for next update)
Future planned features
Direct link keyboard for shortcuts
Debug and optimize .js and .css files. Plenty of small errors to fix.
Possible heads-up Zoom Center cross hair controls - adjustable from zoom controller.
Interstellar ticket maker, with destination, prices and stop overs.
User can choose online images for background destinations.
Direct access to Stellar Distance Matrix.
User configuration preferences and starting location can be saved to a URL bookmark. This would allow a user to send the simulator at a specific location to a friend with a single URL link.
Live video feed for backgrounds - Destinations
Optimize files to compressed versions and update .js and other code libraries to current.
The Destination Collection
The Destination Collection is active. Click on the image above to see a copy of the destination guide page. This page has a lot of information and interesting facts. (The Destination Collection controls work inside the Starship Simulator.)
The Destination Collection slider appears in the right monitor.
44 Destinations are available with a few alternate views of the same location.
The throttle engages flight.
A space warp animation, swirls and disappears, as you fly to the new destination.
Arrival at new Destination, you can use the sphere track controls to explore.
The Zoom controller is below the sphere. Features are:
Clicking the left, green button, lights it up and zooms the destination image out to full wide view.
The middle, yellow button zooms to standard, no zoom.
The right, blue button goes to full zoom, 230%.
The colored horizontal grid track can be clicked to go to all 37 steps of zoom. The yellow marker and button lights change to match.
Zoom Speed buttons adjust speed. Extra Slow, Slow, Normal, Medium and Fast
Zooms don't go past the destination image edge. Sphere tracking arrows can still go completely around, for panoramic destinations.
Track Speed is in seconds
Track Pan is weighted percentages up to percent of background width. Percentages have reduced strength for narrow backgrounds.
Very wide panorama destinations cannot zoom out, all the way, without showing the bottom image edge. This type of background automatically zooms out left and then pans to the center of the panorama.
The controller remembers all settings. Closing the Track / Zoom Controls or turning systems off, does not erase the zoom settings. When you turn systems back on and open the Track / Zoom controls, the values are still correct.
Updated guide with new features for version 0.97 which will be released very soon in February 2018. Please right click and save this Guide to your computer. (11 MB)
Control Console Dimmed lights/a>
April 2017 cockpit update including Full Tracking / Zoom controls, Active Throttle, Advanced Monitors, Mission Profile Trip lever
Upcoming release - February 2018 includes Comm & Audio features. Each destination gets it's own music excerpt, playable on Comm Link on arrival. User can choose: Audio Off, Cockpit Sounds, Comm Link & Cockpit, Comm Link Only.
HTML5 Video Player - In Saturn's Rings
Video Player - Pan Am Space Clipper docks with Space Station V in "2001: a space odyssey"
Missing 3D Viewer Plugin notice with link to install
Enhanced Guide Panel with Guides Quick Pick (lower left) and Feature Summary in left console monitor showing Advanced Monitor Controls
Trappist-1 star system added to 3D Local Stars VRLM .wrl Viewscreen
Video Player - Planet Earth
Viewscreen 3D Stars - Pluto system from Hydra moon base
Viewscreen 3D Stars - Close view of Procyon system
Charon - view of Pluto and moons - Systems Off
Starship cockpit with Autozoom controls and Keyboard Guide in planet building star system
Planet collision off the starboard bow with guides hidden and autozoom controls dimmed in upper left
Shield doors - Systems Off
Systems on - auto resize controls upper left.
Epsilon Eridani - Systems on with green mood lighting.
Epsilon Eridani - shifted to star - Systems off.
Antennae Galaxies background moved
Local stars 3D fly through viewscreen close up VRML 2.0 .wrl with over 180 viewpoints, linked videos and exoplanets. Smoorth fly through in all directions.
Selected images from 3D viewscreen local stars
Video Player Trailers and Documentaries (Video list is scrollable to more videos.)