Solar System Sim simulates N-body problems in three dimensions and visualizes the solution in a compelling display. The simulation uses an attractive force between bodies which varies by the distance between them raised to a power of your choosing. The simulation also allows for a craft with thrusters, which you can use interactively or can set up with programmed delta v's, allowing design of gravitational assists and transfer orbits. The display can draw those bodies as mapped spheres and display them in real-time. The idea is to give a sense of "being there" within the constraints of the computing hardware. In addition, it can show the objects in red-cyan 3D, plot trails, give status information about the objects, and draw a star-filled background based on real data. This package also contains example files, including example gravitational assists and a "Voyager 2 Grand Tour".
What's new in version 2.2
Universal binaryt release.
Updated application interface and icons OS X-compliant, including using sheets and antialiased text to all displays. Recognizes both horizontal and vertical scroll wheels to guide the camera movement around the system. Great fun with the Mighty Mouse! Improved the stars display using antialiasing to help making the star motion smoother and more realistic-looking.
ReleaseAugust 25, 2008
Date AddedMay 22, 2006
Operating SystemsMac OS X 10.4 PPC, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.3, Mac OS X 10.0, Mac OS X 10.2, Mac OS X 10.3.9, Mac OS X 10.1