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App description: Have you ever wondered what its like to land the Space Shuttle? Now you can find out. F-Sim Space Shuttle is a critically acclaimed flight simulator for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It simulates the Space Shuttle approach and landing in incredible detail and accuracy. Weve tried to combine realistic flight dynamics with stunning graphics and fun game play: Each landing attempt takes just a few minutes. Our landing analysis and scoring system tells you exactly how to improve your next landing. It will make you come back and try again.

No ads, no in-app-purchases.

Each flight starts at either 10,000 feet, already aligned with the runway, or at up to 50,000 feet, before banking into the heading alignment cone. During descent, the Orbiter is an unpowered glider, so you will only have one chance to get it right. Astronauts used to call it a flying brick: because of its 200,000 lbs. gross weight and low lift over drag ratio, the approach is six times steeper and two times faster than a typical airliner approach. Landing the Orbiter takes practice, but the built-in autopilot demo and tutorials will get you started. After your first safe touchdown, chase that perfect landing, compare your high scores online with your friends, earn medals, and unlock achievements. Experiment with different weather conditions, night approaches, and even emergency scenarios or system failures. At the end of each flight, watch a replay from different camera angles.

You control the Orbiters pitch and roll axes by tilting your device. Alternatively, you may switch to on-screen analog sticks. Rudder, speed brake, gear, and chute are usually handled by the autopilot, but you can have full manual control if you like. For beginners, weve added rectangles that visualize the desired approach path. Simply try to stay within the corridor of rectangles, and theyll guide you right to the touchdown point. Advanced pilots can turn them off and rely on the instruments in the head-up display (HUD) instead. The simulated guidance, navigation and control (GNC) systems are authentic replications of their counterparts in the real Orbiter, and the HUD features all the instruments real Space Shuttle commanders used to employ to skillfully land this unique aircraft. Now its your turn to give it a try.

Heres what others have said about it:

Because this app is so visually exciting, so technically deep, so sophisticated, so beautifully done in its realism, effects, and documentation, it earned a perfect 5/5 rating, Outstanding.
John Martellaro, Senior Editor for Reviews, The Mac Observer

I was excited to see that I can enjoy flying the space shuttle realistically also on my iPhone and complement my addiction to our Space Shuttle Mission Simulator on PC when I am on the road.
Alex L., www.space-shuttle-mission.com

Absolutely awesome app that is a must for shuttle huggers and aspiring astronauts.
Chris Bergin, Managing Editor, NASASpaceflight.com

F-Sim Space Shuttle takes full advantage of modern iOS devices, but also runs smoothly on older hardware. Weve tested it on all iOS devices, and iOS versions 3 to 7.
01-29-2010, 05:38 AM
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 166
Looks nice. Anybody tried it yet?

01-29-2010, 09:25 AM
Joined: May 2009
Location: Leeds, England
Posts: 13
Yeah, I bought it. Only had a quick go. Excellent graphics, although it's pretty easy to land. The voices add to the realism.
Not sure it's got long term appeal, but the graphics are good enough to show the iPhone off to someone.

If only the X-Plane series used textures like this.
01-29-2010, 09:48 AM
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 166
Thanks. I'm definately going to try this when I get home.
06-01-2010, 03:37 PM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 677
Just downloaded the update for this beautiful sim. Great things in it! I'm looking forward to try it with all the new functions!
06-02-2010, 01:35 AM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 291
Yes! Great game for the time in between. I've been playing this for quite some time and now I am looking forward to the new functions

Although it's quite easy to land - it's hard to make EVERYTHING right, so that you get a good landing score

Thank god, there won't be many real shuttle landings - if I were the the real pilot, many astronauts would be frightened to death
06-03-2010, 11:49 AM
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 166
I've had this for a while. It was good before the update, but now it's great! I'm a fan of X-Plane, but this is way better. I'm just hoping for full re-entry in a future update. It's currently only final approach. Definately one of the best simulations on the iPhone.
11-22-2011, 02:58 PM
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 363
Do we hear the sound of the space shuttle?
On the YouTube videos of this game I don't hear it?