Exciting Solutions, the team behind the Space Shuttle Mission 2007 simulator, released yet another free add-on mission for the product “…..Today the famous Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), STS-99, was released as a FREE add-on. This mission is particularly interesting for all Flight Simulation fans as it allows you to perform the mission which made possible the high resolution topology sceneries available for PC Flight Simulation software such as Microsoft FSX and Laminar Research X-Plane…….”.
“…….STS-99 started with the Endeavour launch on February 11, 2000 which began the high-resolution data-collection part of the SRTM earth topographic mapping project. The project was spearheaded by NASA and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, with the cooperation of the German Aerospace Center DLR.
During the mission, the Shuttle acquired close to 1 Trillion raw measurements of the Earth’s topography, which were later processed, optimized and arranged in a usable and standardized format. The resulting extremely accurate and complete topography database contributed — among others – to better GIS, Flight Simulator Scenery (including MSFS), transportation safety and communication networks optimization.
STS-99 concluded with a safe landing at the Kennedy Space Center on February 22, 2000.
In the best SSM2007 tradition, the STS-99 free add-on will allow budding Virtual Astronauts to experience the launch, on-orbit mission including the deployment and operation of the special radar equipment, and return to Earth by manually landing the Endeavour at the Kennedy Space Center.
The Space Shuttle Mission 2007â„¢ is available online in downloadable format at the SSM2007 official website: www.space-shuttle-mission.com……”.