Edu-Ware Announces Rendezvous Release
Edu-Ware has announced the April release of Rendezvous™, a space shuttle flight simulation by a NASA senior scientist, Wesley Huntress. In four phases Rendezvous simulates an actual space shuttle flight from Earth Liftoff, through Orbital Rendezvous and Approach, to Alignment and Docking with a space station. The system is available in Applesoft and Atari BASIC, and will retail for $39.95.
Rendezvous' high-resolution graphics and animation capture the drama and difficulty of space navigation. Shuttle liftoff and flight conditions are governed by gravitational forces, thrust, and the player's own piloting skills. Distance and engine burn time (measured in kilometers and seconds) complicate orbital calculations.
Throughout the final alignment and docking sequence the player views the rotating, 3-dimensional space station as it would appear through a space craft's anterior window. 3-D Solid-Structure Graphics™ bring to life the massive bulk and solidity of the station and docking bay. In a precisely timed operation, the player must maneuver his craft around the station and into the narrow, tunnel-like bay.
Once docking is achieved, a sophisticated algorithm scores performance.
Maneuvers are implemented with either keyboard or joystick controls.
Rendezvous is recommended for individual players, 13 and over. Suitable for classroom application in General Science, Earth Science, and Physics.
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