Lunar Search and Rescue – the most realistic lunar flight simulator you’ve ever played. Real spacecraft dynamics don’t give you five lives or a second chance when the fuel runs out. Real lunar terrain doesn’t make exceptions when you can’t kill your descent rate in time. All you have is a tank of fuel, the laws of physics, and the kind of jaw-dropping scenery that so far only the Apollo astronauts have seen with their own eyes.
The year is 2039. On the newly colonised Moon, lander pilots are vital to the growing lunar community. All transport, search & rescue and recovery tasks fall to them. To be a qualified lander pilot needs skill, practice and dedication, but the reward is the opportunity to fly a highly sophisticated aerospace vehicle in a hostile and unforgiving environment. Be aware though – flying this vehicle is hard! Nothing about this simulation has been simplified for the sake of an arcade-game experience. With 6 missions of increasing difficulty, this is a flight simulator with a difference.
– The entire surface of the Moon is mapped and rendered. With enough fuel, there’s nowhere you can’t go – even into orbit! With authentic craters, mountains and valley systems (derived from a USGS-provided database of lunar geological features) the missions take place among real lunar landmarks such as Tycho Crater, Hadley Rille, and the Apennine Mountains.
– The real physics of the lander’s movement and dynamics are represented, using the same high fidelity techniques used in real aerospace flight simulators. This includes: varying mass and rotational inertia as fuel is used up, the thrust of the main engines and reaction control rockets, plus all velocities, forces and accelerations acting on the vehicle, just as they would in an airless lunar gravity environment.
– An autopilot function is included for covering long distances via a sub-orbital lob, precisely calculated and executed in a way no human pilot could achieve. (Once you get to the mission site however, you’re on your own again!) Time acceleration mode gets you there even quicker.
– Comprehensive help screens show all controls and instrumentation within the HUD (Head-Up-Display), including a training flight with on-screen prompts to help you fly the lander. The first mission even begins with the lander in flight, allowing you to get the feel of the craft right from the start.
– The control layout is based on the Apollo Lunar Excursion Module: Rotational controls on the right, Translational controls on the left, a sliding throttle, and basic instrumentation up front.
(Lunar albedo data and surface feature data courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS home page is http://www.usgs.gov)