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LunarTransferMFD 1.4

Updated 21.06.2010



This is MFD addon for Orbiter space flight simulator version 2010

LunarTransferMFD is a numerical lunar transfer trajectory calculator. It can be used to compute single impulse lunar transfer trajectories with better accuracy than typical patched conic applications such as IMFD. LunarTransferMFD is based on Broyden's method with numerical forward trajectory model (RKF56). Typical user input parameters are desired time of periapis passage, altitude and flight heading in the periapis.

In the current version, operation is limited in Apollo style flights from the Earth's surface to lunar surface and back. Missions starting from unaligned orbits are not yet supported and many other advanced features are still under work.

LunarTransferMFD can be used only with high thrust vehicles such as Apollo and LRO. Low thrust propulsion systems like ion-engines won't work with LTMFD.


Download 1.4 (~788k) For Orbiter 2010. (Won't work in Orbiter 2006)

LunarTransferMFD is using SSE2 instruction set by default. Some older CPUs like Athlon XP doesn't support these instructions. Here is a patch that will replace a DLL with one using standard x86 instruction set. Download SSE2 patch for 1.4 (~190k)


Older Versions for Orbiter 2006 and 2010:
Download 1.1 (~650k)
Download SSE2 patch for 1.1 (~190k)




Screen Shots from LTMFD 1.0

TLI Program

TLI Program
TEI Program

TEI Program





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IMFD - Space Navigation Computer Version 5.5

Updated 26.08.2010



This is MFD addon for Orbiter space flight simulator version 2006 and 2010.

Key Features of the IMFD:
  • Map program can be used to display entire solar system and predict the actual course of the vessel with numerical trajectory calculator. The predictor can be also used to predict a hypothetical scenarios as well. This is very useful when planning a free-return trajectories.

  • Course program is a collection of minor navigation programs those will let you to navigate through the solar system to other planets, moons and comets. Primary programs are based on the lambert solver. In the most simplest case only a date of ejection and the Date of arrival is required as an user input.

  • BaseApproach program is designed for Apollo style Moon to Earth return missions. It can be used to target a bases on the Mars and land directly without an orbit insertion. The program will also allow to establish an orbit right over a specific base on a planet so that it is possible to continue the descent on the base. That's very useful when landing on the Moon.

  • Surface Launch program is usefull when starting interplanetary or lunar missions from the planet surface. The program will compute the time to launch window and required launch heading. This program is the only one that doesn't compute any burn guidance data. A vessel specific ascent profile should be used to reach low orbit.

  • Orbit Eject program is required when starting interplanetary missions from the orbit. This program is used in a combination with the other programs to convert the escape information into burn guidance data.


Manual of the 4.2.2 release do contain some essential information that is not included in later manuals. Installation of 4.2.2 doesn't remove existing installations of new versions.

Download 5.5 (~1M)

Download 5.3b (~1M)

Download 4.2.2 (~1.2M) (for Orbiter 2010 only)

Download 4.2.1 (~1.2M) (for Orbiter 2006 only)



Screen Shots from IMFD 4.0

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BaseApproach Program
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Interplanetary Navigation






Interplanetary MFD related tutorials



Tutorials For IMFD 5.0

Simple Freereturn tutorial 30.8.2007
Setup a free-return trajectory from the Earth orbit to the Moon and back
Download

Europa To Callisto Video Tutorial (by Robert B. Denny)
Link to a website



Older Tutorials

Moon to Earth return tutorial 26.9.2006
Launch from Brighton Beach and return to low earth orbit
Download

Earth to Mars tutorial 05.06.2005
Launch from Cape Canaveral and land in Olympus space-port on the Mars.
Download

Habana to Brighton Beach tutorial 08.06.2005
Launch from Habana Base and land in Brighton Beach space-port on the Moon.
Download

Earth to the Moon tutorial. (by Enjo)
Very good one and replaces old HabanaBrighton tutorial.
Link to a website


Tutorials In French

Excellent collection of tutorials in French.
Link to a website








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BaseSyncMFD Version 2.3 - 16.06.2010


This is MFD addon for Orbiter space flight simulator version 2006 and 2010

This addon is freely downloadable from here Download (~300k)

Installation Note: Do not overwrite IMFD.cfg if the file exists.




Space Navigation Tutorials and Tools

  • Rendezvous MFD
  • Attitude MFD
  • Europa To Callisto Video Tutorial (for new IMFD 5.0)
Link to a website




(c) 2010 Jarmo Nikkanen
e-mail: jnikkanen _at_ kymp _dot_ net