Android Patch, and Moons
Hey Folks! We may have a patch to address the Android crashes and save issues introduced in v1.2.5. Tiago put together a new build this afternoon which uses a more reliable way to find a good save path, and we're currently testing it with a few beta users. If this works, it should make saving crash-free on all Android device+OS version combos, and we think that's the main cause of crashes folks are experiencing.
Assuming the tests come back successful, we'll proceed with rolling the patch out asap! (Fingers are crossed!)
And in the space project, I realized if forgot one important thing before I could leave the orbit/course plotting system: moons!
That's right, the system only had planets and a few planetoids, asteroids, and centaurs, which would've made for a fairly boring place. No moon bases. No space stations. No satellites!
So I set about adding that today, and so far, so good! The screenshot above is of the Jovian system, cropped to the inner moons. They orbit Jupiter as the planet proceeds around the sun, creating a beautiful dance when watched at a rate of about 3 hours per second. (Rather like watching a hurricane tracking across the screen.)
And in the process, I learned a few interesting things! For one, Jupiter has almost 70 moons! Many of them are small, but we're still talking tens of km across or more for dozens of them.
Also, Jupiter has some retrograde moons! That means they orbit in the opposite direction from Jupiter's rotation, and therefore, from the other moons, as well. I had no idea there were moons moving in opposite directions around the planet. Though that makes total sense.
I didn't bother adding all of them. Just the first dozen or so most massive. Besides, the data is sparse for many of them anyway.
Next up, finish adding relevant moons to the system. Then, I think I should test the course plotting to some moons instead of just planets, to see how it fares. If it seems good enough, I can decide whether to return to the crew sim, or if we still need some things here to make it a useful tool for player astronavigation.
But most importantly, let's see if that patch works!