Re: [nbos] [AS] Suggestions for AS 2.1
NBOS Support
Wed Oct 3rd, 2007
At 02:57 PM 10/1/2007, you wrote:
> Don't worry, there are more than a few of us! Unfortunately, the
>equations for those situations makes it very difficult to have a generic
>equation to handle these situations as well as the more complex orbits.

Heck, I'm not even sure there *are* equations for such things. Positions
of objects in elliptical orbits are calculated mathematically. ie, using
routines that are called iteratively.

The problem with tracking multiple star orbits is that, while for 2 objects
its generally stable (at least with regard to the stars themselves - the
planets might be screwed), with 3 or more there's no guarantee a generated
orbit is stable. So the generator would have to do a tremendous amount of
work just finding stable (enough) orbits to use!

None of this, of course, means I wont try at some point in some future
version. It'll just be a while before I attempt it. :-)

Ed

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