Version 1.55.1 dated Fabruary 16, 2010. Author - Maxim Sychev (Rostov-on-Don)
Screensaver had been developed following open competition between several programmers. It is created for freeware distribution as an attempt to show the achievements of the Russian space industry and tell a story of the reusable orbital ship "Buran".
On your screen you will see a
stunningly realistic picture of near-Earth space, as well as several spacecraft,
created or envisaged by the really talented Russians:
IIf you choose "Sputnik" you should be able to hear its voice - the famous "bip-bip-bip" that started the space era for mankind some 50 years ago.
The "Soyuz" Spacecraft is presented in its latest version ("Soyuz-TMA"). All elements of the last orbit insertion flight phase are shown, including operation of the third stage of the launch vehicle; separation of the tail section of the rocket; main engine cut-off; stabilization and separation of the craft followed by the debris avoidance engine impulse and opening of all antennas and solar panels. Then you will be able to take manual control of the ship, trying to achieve 3-axis orientation. If you get bored with that, 30 seconds later the ship will take control over orientation process automatically and will achieve the best position for solar array charging. It will then keep a constant Sun-oriented position. You will be able to see the burning of the rocket third stage tail end in the atmosphere, and with the help of the special switch you can track the third stage until complete burning at its seventh orbit around Earth. And that is not all - you will be able to hear actual crew communication!
"Buran" ("Snowstorm") is not only shown in space flight (in its nominal orientation - left wing to Earth), but you are able to operate the ship's equipment: open and close payload bay doors and even launch a satellite from "Buran" and then catch it with remote manipulator and deliver it back to the payload bay!
If you select "Polyus" ("Pole") you can see an unsuccessful attempt to launch a heavy demonstration mock-up of the first-of-a-kind military laser station. On your screen, action will start from the successful firing of the last stage of the launch vehicle "Energiya" ("Energy") and "Polyus" fairing separation in accordance with the flight plan. After second stage main engines cut-off with the help of 16 solid-fuel engines firing "Polyus" will separate from the launch vehicle and through multiple firing of its liquid-propellant engines will start orienting the station to be ready for the two impulse firings of the main engine which are required to achieve its operational orbit. You will also see the station performing two firings of 4 orientation engines, but due to a software defect, this fails to achieve proper orientation. Spacecraft successfully deploy all antennas and solar panels and jettison all engines and umbilical covers. Unfortunately, orbit-insertion impulse at the revolving ship will fail to provide necessary orbital speed and the result of hard work of thousands of people will follow the third stage of the launch vehicle into Pacific Ocean. For the first time you will be able to follow this tragedy in space through multiple cameras observing both "Polyus" and last stage of the launch vehicle.
The combat space laser station "Skif"
("Scythian") was designed under Soviet counter-plans against the US Strategic
Defence Initiative (SDI) aim at establishing heavy combat orbital stations. We
will show to you all stages of "Skif" operations - from orbital insertion
through effective destruction of enemies' satellites. You can shift from one
camera to another to follow not only the "Skif" and last stage of the launch
vehicle but also the last few minutes of enemy satellites. Constantly changing
its orientation, "Skif" will fire not only "forward" (against oncoming
satellites), but also "backwards" towards satellites moving away from the
station. After each round of firing "Skif" is resupplied through "Progress"
cargo ships followed by another round of laser testing. For better understanding
of the action on screen, each operation is supported by a small on-screen
demonstrate the last stages of the orbit insertion by the orbital plane:
3-components main engines will fire with flare's colour changing from deep
yellow of the kerosene-oxygen firing to bright blue of the hydrogen-oxygen
"Mir" (that has two meanings "World" and "Peace") is shown from the construction
phase, i.e. between April 1987 and March 23 until 2001 when it was de-orbited.
We'll start from the initial configuration of base module and astrophysical
module "Kvant" ("Quantum"), with the follow-on docking of orbital modules
"Kvant-2", "Kristall" ("Crystal"), "Spektr" ("Spectrum") and "Priroda"
("Nature"). You can see something that nobody saw before - redocking of modules
from the axial module to the side modules using station's manipulators (we have
modelled redocking of all modules). "Soyuz" piloted ships and "Progress" cargo
ships will constantly dock and undock to/from the station. If necessary, "Soyuz"
ships will redock from one docking port to another, and you can see the whole
process from the working place of "Soyuz" commander. "Mir" construction was
impossible without the crew participation so you can see five (!) EVAs:
demonstrate the interesting experiment "Rodeo" related to the joint manoeuvring
of "Soyuz" ships around "Mir", including the docking of "Soyuz" ("Escape
vehicle") to "Kristall" module.
Minimum system requirements to start the screensaver:
After the start of the installation program it will be installed at your computer (85,7 Mb of disk space is required for installation) by default at theat the C:\Program Files\BuranScreenSaver directory.
As Gagarin said:
Selection of the spacecrafts is controlled from the screensaver options menu or it can be random. You can also change a lot of other options. Just click the checkboxes in the screensaver options.
When screensaver is installed you can see the majestic views of our home planet from space - dawns and sunsets, continents and blue oceans, lighted by the Sun, or cities-by-night, sleeping under illusory Moon light (see the screenshot to the right that will open the picture when clicked). And you don't need to pay $25 mln., wait for your turn and after that go through the exhaustive training for the trip into the space just to see it - all you need is to download this screensaver!
Flight control (as well as time and camera operations) is performed through keyboard and mouse, the list of available commands and their brief description is available in the help that you can get by pressing F1 button.
There is a special mode that allows to fix the camera above the any selected point on Earth, allowing you to see our planer rather then spacecrafts.
Typically you can
enjoy nice and smooth picture from the screensaver if you can get at least 15
fps (frames per second) on your computer. If fps is lower and movement is jerky
you can fix it by switching off some visual effects in the options. For example,
shadows at the spaceships can be switched off or simplified, as well as
clear-cut surfaces. You can also use the small textures. The original installer
has the smallest textures. But if you installed bigger textures and it doesn't
work fast anymore you need to uninstall the screensaver, delete all textures and
after that install the screensaver again.
after the default
installation the earth surface is presented by three groups of textures
(daylight, night and cloudy, 16 graphical files each) with 1024õ1024
resolution assuming 10 km/pixel at the equator. You can significantly improve
the picture quality of the earth surface and clouds if you download patches with
resolution textures. But please remember that the detailed textures have the
larger size and it will lead to the certain decrease in the fps rate. Typically
average cards in the office computers can support textures with up to 2048õ2048
resolution. More advanced and powerful cards can support even larger textures
with the resolution up to 8192õ8192
pixels. Basically it's all about the amount of the memory on the graphic card.
If textures are too big and can't fin into the available memory it becomes too
We provide 9 patches with the improved textures:
Choose what you want (taking into account which textures yours computer can support), download and install it.
All versions from
v1.10 dated October 14, 2007 can play background music in mp3 format. It's
played once after the start of the screensaver.
By default this file is not included into the installation program. Instead you can copy any file that you want into the directory C:\Program Files\BuranScreenSaver and rename in into 1.mp3.
If you want to create the right atmosphere or if want your boss to loose his face or even jump out of the window with the cry "Russians are coming" (in case of what we need to say that we are not reliable for any consequences and all responsibility is yours :) we have here three versions of such file:
- parts of the Russia-USSR national anthem (by Ensemble of Soviet Army named under Alexandrov, conductor - Vyacheslav Korobko, recording of 2004, 1.24 min, bitrate 320 kbit/sec, 3.21 Mb);
- slightly "milder" piece of music from soviet film "Neulovimuye mstiteli" ("Avengers who can't be caught") (music by Boris Mokrousov, lyrics by Robert Rozdestventsky, performed by Troshin, 1.34 minutes, bitrate 320 kbit/sec, 3.7 Mb);
- part of the Russian anthem "Bozhe, tsarya khrani" ("God Save the King") (performed by the St. Petersburgh Navy Orchestra under A.Karabanov, recording of 2005, 1.29 min, bitrate 320 kbit/sec, 3.42 Mb).
As you can see we have tried to satisfy preferences of all types of the potential audience :)
As you can
see our screensaver was right in the heart of the exposition of the
Russian Federal Space Agency.
For VIP guests Roskosmos issued a limited edition of the screensaver on the miniCD:
You will see that our screensaver was right in the heart of the exposition of the Russian Federal Space Agency.
For VIP guests Roskosmos issued a limited edition of the screensaver on the miniCD:
Webmaster would like to express his gratitude to the following people
who contributed to the development of the screensaver:
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