The World of 2001: A Space Odyssey is an add-on environment for the Orbiter space flight simulator.
If you're not familiar with Orbiter, visit www.orbitersim.com.
Since Orbiter is a space flight simulator, flying spacecraft is kind of the point. In making a universe full of flyable ships from 2001, we had to extrapolate a bit. Not only did we need to make an Orion III space plane, but also the booster stage, and the catapult to launch them both. And we needed the Orion II cargo spaceplane, to fly payloads into space. The Titov V spaceplane is mentioned in the novel; we wanted to be able to fly it too! Of course, all of these and more come with bases to fly to such as Clavius, Tycho, and Tchalinko on the moon, Port Lowell on Mars, and more.
If you'd like to give the add-on (and Orbiter) a try, click on the Download button. If you're not sure, check out the Gallery, or Video page to see some of the sim-generated visuals.
Either way, kick back and relax. Read your newspad, eat a meal in zero-gravity, or break out your velcro shoes. Yesterday's tomorrow awaits.
Enjoy the World of 2001!
Erik Anderson (Sputnik)
Alain Hosking (80mileshigh)
Wolfgang Schwarz (Nautilus)
If you would like to contact us, our emails are provided in the add-on documentation.
We would like to thank the model authors at www.strafe.com/2001 for several of the source models which were modified for use in the sim.