Flight

class Flight

Used to get flight telemetry for a vessel, by calling Vessel.Flight. All of the information returned by this class is given in the reference frame passed to that method. Obtained by calling Vessel.Flight.

Note

To get orbital information, such as the apoapsis or inclination, see Orbit.

Single GForce { get; }

The current G force acting on the vessel in \(g\).

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Double MeanAltitude { get; }

The altitude above sea level, in meters. Measured from the center of mass of the vessel.

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Double SurfaceAltitude { get; }

The altitude above the surface of the body or sea level, whichever is closer, in meters. Measured from the center of mass of the vessel.

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Double BedrockAltitude { get; }

The altitude above the surface of the body, in meters. When over water, this is the altitude above the sea floor. Measured from the center of mass of the vessel.

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Double Elevation { get; }

The elevation of the terrain under the vessel, in meters. This is the height of the terrain above sea level, and is negative when the vessel is over the sea.

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Double Latitude { get; }

The latitude of the vessel for the body being orbited, in degrees.

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Double Longitude { get; }

The longitude of the vessel for the body being orbited, in degrees.

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Tuple<Double, Double, Double> Velocity { get; }

The velocity of the vessel, in the reference frame ReferenceFrame.

Returns:The velocity as a vector. The vector points in the direction of travel, and its magnitude is the speed of the vessel in meters per second.
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Double Speed { get; }

The speed of the vessel in meters per second, in the reference frame ReferenceFrame.

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Double HorizontalSpeed { get; }

The horizontal speed of the vessel in meters per second, in the reference frame ReferenceFrame.

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Double VerticalSpeed { get; }

The vertical speed of the vessel in meters per second, in the reference frame ReferenceFrame.

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Tuple<Double, Double, Double> CenterOfMass { get; }

The position of the center of mass of the vessel, in the reference frame ReferenceFrame

Returns:The position as a vector.
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Tuple<Double, Double, Double, Double> Rotation { get; }

The rotation of the vessel, in the reference frame ReferenceFrame

Returns:The rotation as a quaternion of the form \((x, y, z, w)\).
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Tuple<Double, Double, Double> Direction { get; }

The direction that the vessel is pointing in, in the reference frame ReferenceFrame.

Returns:The direction as a unit vector.
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Single Pitch { get; }

The pitch of the vessel relative to the horizon, in degrees. A value between -90° and +90°.

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Single Heading { get; }

The heading of the vessel (its angle relative to north), in degrees. A value between 0° and 360°.

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Single Roll { get; }

The roll of the vessel relative to the horizon, in degrees. A value between -180° and +180°.

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Tuple<Double, Double, Double> Prograde { get; }

The prograde direction of the vessels orbit, in the reference frame ReferenceFrame.

Returns:The direction as a unit vector.
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Tuple<Double, Double, Double> Retrograde { get; }

The retrograde direction of the vessels orbit, in the reference frame ReferenceFrame.

Returns:The direction as a unit vector.
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Tuple<Double, Double, Double> Normal { get; }

The direction normal to the vessels orbit, in the reference frame ReferenceFrame.

Returns:The direction as a unit vector.
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Tuple<Double, Double, Double> AntiNormal { get; }

The direction opposite to the normal of the vessels orbit, in the reference frame ReferenceFrame.

Returns:The direction as a unit vector.
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Tuple<Double, Double, Double> Radial { get; }

The radial direction of the vessels orbit, in the reference frame ReferenceFrame.

Returns:The direction as a unit vector.
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Tuple<Double, Double, Double> AntiRadial { get; }

The direction opposite to the radial direction of the vessels orbit, in the reference frame ReferenceFrame.

Returns:The direction as a unit vector.
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Single AtmosphereDensity { get; }

The current density of the atmosphere around the vessel, in \(kg/m^3\).

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Single DynamicPressure { get; }

The dynamic pressure acting on the vessel, in Pascals. This is a measure of the strength of the aerodynamic forces. It is equal to \(\frac{1}{2} . \mbox{air density} . \mbox{velocity}^2\). It is commonly denoted \(Q\).

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Single StaticPressure { get; }

The static atmospheric pressure acting on the vessel, in Pascals.

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Single StaticPressureAtMSL { get; }

The static atmospheric pressure at mean sea level, in Pascals.

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Tuple<Double, Double, Double> AerodynamicForce { get; }

The total aerodynamic forces acting on the vessel, in reference frame ReferenceFrame.

Returns:A vector pointing in the direction that the force acts, with its magnitude equal to the strength of the force in Newtons.
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Tuple<Double, Double, Double> SimulateAerodynamicForceAt (CelestialBody body, Tuple<Double, Double, Double> position, Tuple<Double, Double, Double> velocity)

Simulate and return the total aerodynamic forces acting on the vessel, if it where to be traveling with the given velocity at the given position in the atmosphere of the given celestial body.

Parameters:
Returns:A vector pointing in the direction that the force acts, with its magnitude equal to the strength of the force in Newtons.
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Tuple<Double, Double, Double> Lift { get; }

The aerodynamic lift currently acting on the vessel.

Returns:A vector pointing in the direction that the force acts, with its magnitude equal to the strength of the force in Newtons.
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Tuple<Double, Double, Double> Drag { get; }

The aerodynamic drag currently acting on the vessel.

Returns:A vector pointing in the direction of the force, with its magnitude equal to the strength of the force in Newtons.
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Single SpeedOfSound { get; }

The speed of sound, in the atmosphere around the vessel, in \(m/s\).

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Single Mach { get; }

The speed of the vessel, in multiples of the speed of sound.

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Single ReynoldsNumber { get; }

The vessels Reynolds number.

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Note

Requires Ferram Aerospace Research.

Single TrueAirSpeed { get; }

The true air speed of the vessel, in meters per second.

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Single EquivalentAirSpeed { get; }

The equivalent air speed of the vessel, in meters per second.

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Single TerminalVelocity { get; }

An estimate of the current terminal velocity of the vessel, in meters per second. This is the speed at which the drag forces cancel out the force of gravity.

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Single AngleOfAttack { get; }

The pitch angle between the orientation of the vessel and its velocity vector, in degrees.

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Single SideslipAngle { get; }

The yaw angle between the orientation of the vessel and its velocity vector, in degrees.

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Single TotalAirTemperature { get; }

The total air temperature of the atmosphere around the vessel, in Kelvin. This includes the Flight.StaticAirTemperature and the vessel’s kinetic energy.

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Single StaticAirTemperature { get; }

The static (ambient) temperature of the atmosphere around the vessel, in Kelvin.

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Single StallFraction { get; }

The current amount of stall, between 0 and 1. A value greater than 0.005 indicates a minor stall and a value greater than 0.5 indicates a large-scale stall.

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Note

Requires Ferram Aerospace Research.

Single DragCoefficient { get; }

The coefficient of drag. This is the amount of drag produced by the vessel. It depends on air speed, air density and wing area.

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Note

Requires Ferram Aerospace Research.

Single LiftCoefficient { get; }

The coefficient of lift. This is the amount of lift produced by the vessel, and depends on air speed, air density and wing area.

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Note

Requires Ferram Aerospace Research.

Single BallisticCoefficient { get; }

The ballistic coefficient.

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Note

Requires Ferram Aerospace Research.

Single ThrustSpecificFuelConsumption { get; }

The thrust specific fuel consumption for the jet engines on the vessel. This is a measure of the efficiency of the engines, with a lower value indicating a more efficient vessel. This value is the number of Newtons of fuel that are burned, per hour, to produce one newton of thrust.

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Note

Requires Ferram Aerospace Research.