Re: [stella] Have kernel, need game!

Subject: Re: [stella] Have kernel, need game!
From: R Mundschau <rmundsc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2003 20:24:14 -0500
A helicopter will have inertia because it has mass.  All things with mass
have inertia.   As I understand helicopters, the rotor blade spins at a
constant speed during flight.   the pilot uses a control called the
collector to control the amount of lift generated.  The collecter changes
the angle of attack of the rotor blades to the air.  When they are
horizontal, there is minimal lift.   At some angle (45?) you get maximum
lift.   The turning of the helicopter is controlled by the rear rotor blade
which speeds up or slows down to turn the helicopter.  The pilot tilts the
entire main rotor assembly to put a portion of the lift thrust into forward
or backward motion.

Of course some helicopters have small wings that create lift when the
helicopter is moving forward, and some have extra jet thrust to move forward
faster, but that's just extra optional stuff.


Rob M

> From: Thomas Jentzsch <tjentzsch@xxxxxx>
> Reply-To: stella@xxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2003 22:05:16 +0200
> To: stella@xxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [stella] Have kernel, need game!
> Kirk wrote:
>> Actually, what exactly is "helicopter" control?
>> I understand "rocket", kind of like lunar lander
>> and "flap", like Joust. Both of those use just the
>> single button.  Does the Helicopter have any kind
>> of up and down intertia?
> Yes, because the turbine needs some time to power up. So when you press
> the button you don't get the full power immediately (unlike a rocket).
> And you could also use the joystick to make the helicopter dive and gain
> extra speed which can then be used to climb faster. But maybe that kind
> of control would get to difficult.
>> What existing game is it most like?
> I don't know. It was just an idea.
> There was an Airbus crash during a test flight some years ago. There the
> pilots misjudged the turbine delay when flying at low speed and height,
> and so the plane crashed into a forest.
>> has some information on Balloon Flight, with its joust-like
>> control scheme, though I think it had some side scrolling
>> elements. (Oh wait, there's Balloon Fight, which I think is
>> like Joust, except what's technically vulnerable are the
>> balloons holding you up, and a subgame Balloon Trip, which
>> is the side scroller.)
> I had a short look, maybe I can use some idea. Unfortunately don't know
> if I can test the game on my "quite" old PC.
> Have fun!
> Thomas           
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