Wow, this update spent a long time in the oven, but we hope it was worth the wait! Thank you for your patience. Really, if it wasn't for Nathan and his light bulbs we would have had this thing out the door yesterday or maybe even last Friday.

We've done so many sneak peeks that I'm honestly not sure what is still left to the imagination, but please allow me to set the record straight with a long list of bullet points. We are starting the beta off on Steam and hope to get the beta started on mobile this Friday. Now, let's see some bug reports!

FEATURES

  • Animated waves with physics with underwater visual effects
  • Added part transparency. This is super powerful, but at times it can make your craft render a bit unexpectedly so use with a pinch of caution.
  • New space capsules

    • Space Capsule - Visual overhaul of previous Command Pod

    • Komodo Capsule - Sleek capsule which includes a small amount of fuel and built-in engines. Includes a neat rotating nose cone.

    • Patriot Capsule - Space capsule that has a bit more leg room than the alternatives. Great capsule if you love your country and if you have the money.

    • Vroz Space Capsule - Soyuz inspired space capsule.

    • Vroz Orbital Module - Spherical space capsulse that fits quite nicely on top of the Vroz Descent Module in case you want to bring more people into space.

  • Cockpit with glass canopy
  • Added a new Label part. Now you can slap custom text onto your craft and it can even dynamically update to display craft properties. It's intended to be used in the cockpit, but we know that players are going to use it everywhere, so be forewarned that it doesn't conform to the geometry it is attached to. It is always flat and you can't change its mind.
  • Added Multi-Function Display part that can execute Vizzy programs so now you can provide custom, interactive user interfaces in your crafts.
  • Other planets should now be visible through the atmosphere of the current planet during the day.
  • Added ability to zoom the camera when in first person view with the astronaut.
  • Added a physics distance quality setting.
  • Added Occlusion spinner to Tinker Panel to allow specifying that a part should never be occluded, always be occluded, or automatically calculate its occlusion state (the default setting).

TWEAKS

  • Reworked the way terrain physics are loaded. The new approach should be better optimized and more importantly, it should prevent craft from falling through the terrain in some cases.
  • Planets in flight and map view now have geometry resembling their shape rather than showing up as perfect spheres.
  • Better LOD logic to reduce polygon count of distant planets in flight and map view.
  • The sun flare now fades out when the camera goes underwater.
  • Command pods now have an option to automatically default to the suggested pilot orientation whenever the part is rotated.
  • Added Customize button for stock themes to allow copying them to the Custom theme.
  • Changed default fuselage radius to 1m
  • Reorganized part list into new categories: Command, Control, Structure, Propulsion, and Electronics.
  • Added some crash detection logic and crash-loop prevention when starting the game.
  • Large GPU optimization when image effects are enabled and the water exit effect is not active.
  • Added water quality setting options to disable underwater blur, underwater distortion, and the water exit effect.
  • New space capsules support surface attachment
  • Added transparency to part shape tool outline

VIZZY

  • Added several instructions and expressions for creating and working with UI widgets on a Multi-function Display part.
  • Added instruction to pop an input dialog to get text input from the user and store that in a global variable.
  • Added instruction to play a beep sound at a specific pitch.
  • Allow changing the name of a for instruction's iterator variable by tapping on it, which makes it easier to support nested for instructions.
  • Added "Lock Heading on Vector" instruction. Added tooltips to "Lock Heading" dropdown list.
  • Added support for broadcasting lists.
  • Added Dry Mass and Fuel Mass properties to craft performance expression.

PLANET STUDIO

  • Added Noise flyout
  • Added planet studio support for changing water reflection/transparency/foam/texture strength, transparency depth scale, and wave amplitude scale per biome.
  • Terrain/Water now support HDR colors, smoothness, metallicness, and emissiveness
  • Added a water flyout to planet studio with many water related settings
  • Added subtitles to Sub Biomes in the Biomes Flyout to display the calculated range.
  • Added Start text input to define the starting point for the first sub-biome.
  • Automatically add a planet's launch locations when adding or replacing a planet in the Planetary System Designer.
  • Allow clicking on a slider's value to open the input dialog and manually enter the value.
  • Added terrain quality in celestial body properties.
  • Added view for the equirectangular map.
  • Support for biome-based water colors
  • Added support for previewing planets from Load Celestial Body list view.
  • Added planet studio HDR color picker support for terrain biomes and underwater colors
  • Updated the TextureData2 planet modifier to always set a value to the output, even if no texture is applied to a position (value of zero in that case) and values are now accumulated when multiple textures within a single modifier overlap. This is likely a breaking change for any celestial bodies TextureData2 modifier.
  • Added ability to scale the size of the atmosphere beyond the default 2.5% larger than the planet's radius via XML.

0.9.501

  • Fixed a bug that allowed the player to tweak colors in stock themes.
  • Fixed a bug where the MFD would not render when viewed through cockpit canopy glass.
  • Fixed a bug with transparency when changing themes.
  • Fixed bug where the camera would still move when the game is paused in the FPV camera.
  • Fixed issue where when an astronaut gets into a chair/cockpit it would permanently change the existing command pod/cockpit's replication settings (instead of temporarily overriding them).
  • Fixed bug where when if first person perspective, trying to adjust the tether length via mouse-scroll would also adjust zoom. FPV Zoom is now disabled when the tether is in use.
  • Fixed bug where if the jetpack is running when entering a chair, the jetpack will stay on.
  • Fixed issue where when you take control of an astronaut in a cockpit, the throttle/activation groups could change.
  • Fixed issue where if an astronaut got into a cockpit, they may not be able to control the craft unless ReplicateActivationGroups is enabled on the cockpit.
  • Fixed issue where the activation group names would be incorrect for an astronaut in a cockpit.
  • Fixed bug where the activation group panel may not be updated when entering EVA with an astronaut.
  • Fixed null-ref when exiting cockpit.
  • Fixed issue where astronaut goes into a t-pose when loaded into a capsule. This is only visible if you select the astronaut from the "Search Parts" flyout in the designer.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Komodo Capsule to fail to load in the flight scene.
  • Fixed an error that occurs during upload because the mono theme didn't have enough colors.
  • Fixed a bug where the Basic Info program caused the flight scene to fail to load.
  • Added expression to check if a widget exists by its name.
  • Added get sound frequency expression.
  • Fixed material assignments on cockpit bundle.

0.9.502

  • Fixed a bug when pulling astronaut out in the designer.

0.9.503

  • Added grid lines to background of Vizzy.
  • Added instruction to focus the camera on a part of the player's current craft.
  • Added expressions to get the terrain color and height.
  • Added expression to get the color of the planet's terrain at a specified lat/lon.
  • Fixed Vroz attach point radius (for auto-resize).
  • Fixed a bug where the player could not interact with some parts of an MFD when in the cockpit and the canopy was closed.
  • Fixed a bug where the cockpit would jitter when being placed on a fuel tank.
  • Fixed an issue where the Trainer materials could not be customized. Nudged the Trainer MFD into place.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the MFD to flicker.
  • Fixed issue where zooming while in FPV wouldn't zoom in on scaled-space planets.

0.9.504

  • When docking, angular drag is temporarily increased on the two bodies to aid in alignment.
  • Decreased time it takes to dock.
  • Not being quite so aggressive at reducing waves near shores.
  • Added get pixel for texture widgets.
  • Disabling waves on iOS due to apparent issues w/tessellation shaders in Unity for iOS/Metal.
  • Fixed a bug where the parachute base size property did not affect symmetric clones of the parachute.
  • Fixed an issue with tooltips looking strange and extending off the screen.
  • Fixed a bug where the contents of an MFD could spill out onto other, nearby MFDs.
  • Fixed a bug which could cause the visuals for the waves to not match the physics.
  • Revisited a bug fix that was intended to prevent the craft from disengaging a lock on velocity prograde (or any indicator) immediately after the player selects it. I think I got it this time. * Fixed a bug where the get terrain height expression was not using the correct coordinate system and reported wildly different results over time.

Full change notes are here.


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    Beta version 0.9.504 is now live on Steam beta branch and rolling out to Google Play. It will be live on iOS in a day or so.

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    Google Play is now available. The iOS build has been submitted but is waiting for review, so we don't know exactly when it will go live. We have seen it take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. I'll let you know in this comment as soon as I hear anything.

    Update: The Google Play build (v0.9.501) has a bug that breaks the astronauts, so we have a new build rolling out soon that fixes it (v0.9.502).

    Update: The iOS version is now available. You can sign up here.

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    To use inputs in the label part, surround each input with curly brackets, e.g. {Throttle} will be replaced with the craft's throttle.

    By default, the displayed value will be restricted to two decimal places, however you can specify a different format after a semicolon. Here are a couple examples:

    • {Throttle;0%} - This takes throttle, which is between 0.00 and 1.00, and displays it as a percentage with no decimal places, 0-100%.
    • {FlightData.AltitudeAboveGroundLevel;0.0} - This displays the AGL with only one decimal place.

    Other supported formats include any specification decimal places by either writing it out 0.000 or n3 for three decimal places, as well as most of these standard numeric format strings, as long as they work with decimal/float values (hexadecimal format x will not work, as it requires an integer value).

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    1,401 Politonno

    @AndrewGarrison PC version?

    1 hours ago
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    pls help me i havent managed to get the update on steam yet

    3 hours ago
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    I located jundroo LLC
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yY-5veDLhqM4WEHTwl4C7Yxand3SAM-w/view?usp=drivesdk

    7 hours ago
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    417 Marssmmm

    @Indianspaceprogram only like 5 awesome Devs develop Simple Planes, Simple Rockets 2 , and areo effect

    8 hours ago
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    @pedro16797 okay

    9 hours ago
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    @Tweedle_Aerospace send your teacher this link https://www.simplerockets.com/Education

    9 hours ago
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    @pedro16797 this is true. I have a coding class next semester. I will have to ask him about it. How would one download it after getting permission at school?

    10 hours ago
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    @Indianspaceprogram @Tweedle_Aerospace we have an educational version that is free, if you are in a school, highschool or university ask your teachers/professors to consider getting them as a tool to teach physics, programming...

    10 hours ago
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    @Indianspaceprogram it isn’t built to be free. They don’t really have a plan for a free version that I know of. And what would you do in the free version? Always travel to the moon and back? They probably would exclude the whole gizmos section except for command modules. It just wouldn’t be the same and would probably just give them a lot of bad ratings.

    +1 10 hours ago
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    @Tweedle_Aerospace why

    10 hours ago
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    @Indianspaceprogram it isn’t going to be free

    11 hours ago
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    When it will be free? 🙏🏻🙏🏻😭😭🤤🤤

    15 hours ago
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    Why simplerockets 2 is not free in Google Play?

    15 hours ago
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    @pedro16797 wanted to say thank you and sorry for bothering you. Update is that it got worse. I can’t even get to title screen now.

    20 hours ago
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    @pedro16797 I deleted the entire game and reinstalled it. Right now I am on completely fresh slate. Stock system and crafts. Still crashes. I reported it. I had to report it in designer. It crashes within seconds of starting if it even starts. But it doesn’t crash in designer. I have tried it with a huge craft on high and it still didn’t crash in designer. But it crashes as soon as I get into the flight. Even if I set it back to very low

    21 hours ago
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    @Tweedle_Aerospace at what point does the game crash? You should try removing RSS or at least moving it out of the game folder, as well as any sandbox using it, it may be too much for your device

    22 hours ago
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    @pedro16797 so I figured out how to report a bug. Unfortunately it quits before I can finish reporting it

    23 hours ago
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    @pedro16797 how do I do that

    23 hours ago
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    @Tweedle_Aerospace if you can report the bug from within the game so we can check the log file, please

    +1 23 hours ago
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    @pedro16797 I am also on iOS14 latest version if that helps. I am going to try moving my crafts to a backup file and re downloading the game. Sometimes that helps.

    yesterday
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    Astonishingly, with the exception of IOS camera control, Planet Studio is now 60-80% functional as of 0.9.504! It’s beginning to seem possible to create or edit a planet.

    yesterday
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    @Anton125 Sorry, do I know you?

    yesterday
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