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Mission Profile Navigator (v.4.2)

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A navigational tool with a printable report for mission profiles bewteen any two locations, or to a rendezvous with a moving, second starship.

Mission Navigator Profile Guide in pdf
Download the MP Navigator guide (pdf)
    updated August 31, 2014

If you want to try the Mission Profile Navigator, send an email to: and I'll send you the access code to download the Excel Worksheets and VRML 3D fly-through maps.

Upcoming releases

  • Current update in progress to stellar dbase to include recent local star discoveries and exoplanets. - James 7/23/16

Stellar Distance Matrix ( Excel spreadsheet ) (v.2.0c)

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Check distance between two stars within 20 light years.

  • Data entry in 6 white cells in Column D
  • 126 Stars are automatically positioned in their real positions, based on Proper Motion and start date.
  • Accuracy ranges can be set.
  • Margin of error in distances between stars shown, based on accuracy settings.
  • Enter custom start dates from Jan 1, 1900 to Dec 31, 9999. Stars automatically track to estimated real positions.
  • Average ship speed can be set.
  • Mission duration in Earth Years shown for each star to star distance based on average ship speed.
  • Sort buttons can sort columns and rows, independently, by Distance or Alpha
  • 6384 unique star to star data distance blocks in the matrix.

Mission Profile Trip Calculator (v1.1) New March 27, 2018

    A stand alone Mission Profile Trip Calculator that can chart mission parameters, including precise ship time dilation.

New Audio and Music Tracks

Try the Trip Calculator:

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Trip Calculator start screen

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Delayed start date example

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Manual mode - You set mission parameters

  • How it Works
    1. Pick a Start, Destination and Ship.
    2. A mission profile chart appears.
    3. Ships traveling near to the speed of light, will get larger time dilations. Time goes slower, onboard the ship.
    4. Reality based ships travel at sub-light speeds.
    5. Most fictional ships travel at Faster Than Light (FTL) speeds.
    6. 38 ship types, each, with different days to top speed.
    7. Some ships have Short Trip Boosters for a quick 1/3 speed.
  • Features
    • Audio and Music Tracks
    • Earth vs. Ship time
    • Arrival dates with unlimited years
    • Set any custom departure or arrival date and the Trip Calculator auto-finds the other.
    • Two stellar databases: Images (165 locations), 200 ly, (2041 locations)
      (over 160 million possible trips)
    • Choose Rendezvous or Fly-by mission types.
    • Find distances between any two locations.
    • Mission data: Days to Top Speed, Top Speed achieved, G-Force, Ship time dilation
    • Rendezvous missions, that fail to reach top speed, begin mid-point deceleration and become 'Inverted V' type missions. Similar, exception mission profiles for Fly-by, where top speed is not achieved, can also occur. With such missions, special case math and charts, are automatic.
  • Guides

Starship Simulator (beta-7 v0.97) New February 4, 2018

Not all Browsers are created equal.

The 3D Local Stars fly-through viewscreen can only be viewed with Internet Explorer version 11, Pale Moon, SeaMonkey, Lunascape or old Firefox browsers (versions 51 and earlier) with the free: Cortona 3D Plugin installed. The 3D Local Stars world is original content, only available at Produce Release.com.

Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Edge browsers cannot use the Cortona plugin and will NOT show the 3D Local Stars.

Launch - Full Starship Simulator or just the 3D Local Stars

Browsers that SUPPORT the 3D Local Stars. The [Wide] and [Full] control buttons will appear at the top of the left yolk grip.

Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer version 11

Sea Monkey browser

Browsers that support everything else, but will NOT SUPPORT the 3D Local Stars. Buttons will NOT be available on the left yolk grip.

Firefox 52 or newer   Chrome Browser
Microsoft Edge

Full Starship Simulator

You need to use one of the Browsers in the left column, in order for the Starship Simulator to work. Only the top, two browsers, IE-11 or SeaMonkey with the free Cortona plug-in installed, will support both 3D Local Stars viewscreen and all other features.

The four Browsers in the bottom left have been tested to use all the Starship Simulator features, but they will not work with the 3D Local Stars.

Cockpit Full Features access
Full Starship Simulator Cockpit

Cortona 3D Plugin required for the 3D Local Star Viewscreens.

Please allow the Starship Simulator several minutes to load.
Graphics will load much faster after the first time.

Enter your passcode and press the Enter key,
or click the Launch button below.

Browsers that work directly with the 3D Local Stars.

Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer version 11

Sea Monkey browser

Pale Moon

Lunascape Browser

(Firefox versions 51, March 2017, and older will also work.)

3D Local Stars Viewscreen Only

The browsers, listed immediately to the left, with the free Cortona 3D Plugin installed, will work here and open the 3D Local Stars.

Pale Moon and Lunascape Browsers also work here. They are not listed above, because they fail for background position movement in the Starship Simulator.

 Local Stars VRML MP Navigator Fly Through 30 light year map Start Position screenshot

Only the 3D Local Stars

Cortona 3D Plugin required.

Enter Beta passcode and press the Enter key,
or click the Launch button below.

Video Demo

Buy the Ray Lynch music from this video

Lesson Videos

Recently added

Mission Profile Trip Calculator

 Trip calculator access control lever

April 17, 2017: The Mission Profile Trip Calculator is now live. Access is by clicking the Trip Calculator control lever. A new browser tab will open.

Mission Trip Calculator - Click to enlarge

A Mission Trip Calculator. Match 38 ship types with any start position, destination from more than 2600 locations, or manual enter your own mission parameters.

  1. Mission Trip Chart
  2. Image dbase with over 140 locations
  3. Local 200 light year stars dbase with over 2500 locations
  4. 38 Ship types
  5. Manual Mode
  6. Earth Travel Time and arrival date - converted for 4/100/400 leap year rules and valid to over 2 trillion years
  7. Ship Travel Time with dilation and ship time arrival date
  8. Ship time dilated coasting time
  9. Ship Data
  10. G forces
  11. Optional change user's choice; start or arrival dates
  12. Maximum speed reached for short hop trips
  13. Days to Top Speed

(The Mission Profile Navigator, above, running in Excel, can do travel times and arrival dates. It also adjusts for stellar proper motion, auto course correction and ship acceleration / decleration.)

Other features

  1. Outer Shield
  2. Click to enlarge - Shield, Position Data, Advanced Monitor controls

  3. Starship image database heads-up view, above the center right monitor. This screen will be controlled by the tan and blue button console, above right of the keyboard. There are 38 different Starship images.

    When you pick a ship type, the trip duration for that ship to the current outside destination is auto calculated and will appear in the overhead monitor.

    sdbase controls
    Ship Dbase controller with heads-up display.

    Ship dbase

    It will also show arrival dates in Earth and ship time and the ship relativistic dilation factor for near light speeds. Arrival dates can extend beyond the age of the Universe and leap years will correctly show dates.

    Travel time example data screen - Click to full test page screen

  4. Examples of the Ship Database and Travel Time feature. Choose one of 38 ships.

    Ship dbase travel time feature 02

    The Top monitor will show an overlay of the Travel Times for the ship you choose. This image, below, shows the Enterprise 1701-E at Warp 9.2.

    Ship dbase travel time feature 03

    This image, below, shows the USS Gailieo as a ship choice and the corrected Travel Times.

    Ship dbase travel time feature 01

  1. Advanced Monitor controls (A small button on the upper right yolk grip opens a larger controller console below the ship dbase and to the right of the keyboard.)
  2. Click to enlarge - Advanced monitor options - center pop-up

    Click to enlarge - Advanced monitor options - right console pop-up

    Monitors auto cycle through about 250 transparent screens, including exterior views of the starship.

  3. Floor Walls, Window seams and Head console transparency controls. Three controls to make these areas transparent. When the floors and walls go transparent, the flight bag is automatically moved to a storage compartment.

    Click to enlarge - transparency controls

    Captain's quarters at Cooperstown Station, sub-level 3, Gale Crater, Mars.

  4. Recode for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Zoom and background motion updated. Additional movies added. Proxima B planet with Viewpoint and two additional videos inside 3D local Star map. New Guides for each Viewscreen and Features. Large code overhaul to optimize timings, update features and get better zoom accuracy.

    Firefox v52 has removed support for 3D VRML plug-in. This is only supported by Internet Explorer and Pale Moon browsers.

    Google Earth, Moon and Mars buttons on the simulator code is being rewritten and will return, pointing to the new online services.

    Cockpit Viewscreens:

    • Local Stars Wide 3D (16:9)   [Internet Exlorer or Pale Moon browsers only]
    • Local Stars Full 3D (4:3)   [Internet Exlorer or Pale Moon browsers only]
    • Star Map Pulldown (Click and Go to Sky)
    • Sky
    • Earth Map Pulldown (Click and Go to Earth 3D)
    • Earth 3D
    • Moon 3D
    • Mars 3D
    • World Web Telescope
    • Solar System Scope
    • Galactic Stars
    • Video Movie Player
yolk viewscreen button update

  1. Image Preloader added to help make mouseover, pop-up monitor closeups and pulldown maps images load immediately when needed.

Upcoming expected release mid April 2018

  1. Fix code for Earth, Moon and Mars viewscreens to access Google, NASA and JPL (Finished and ready for next update)
  2. Audio sound effects / Comm Link: help and music selections for comm link audio (In progress for next update)

Future planned features

  1. Direct link keyboard for shortcuts
  2. Debug and optimize .js and .css files. Plenty of small errors to fix.
  3. Possible heads-up Zoom Center cross hair controls - adjustable from zoom controller.
  4. Interstellar ticket maker, with destination, prices and stop overs.
  5. User can choose online images for background destinations.
  6. Direct access to Stellar Distance Matrix.
  7. User configuration preferences and starting location can be saved to a URL bookmark. This would allow a user to send the simulator at a specific location to a friend with a single URL link.
  8. Live video feed for backgrounds - Destinations
  9. Optimize files to compressed versions and update .js and other code libraries to current.

The Destination Collection

 Click to go to the example Destinations Collection page

The Destination Collection is active. Click on the image above to see a copy of the destination guide page. This page has a lot of information and interesting facts.

(The Destination Collection controls work inside the Starship Simulator.)

Click to enlarge - Advanced Monitor Features

  • The Destination Collection slider appears in the right monitor.
  • 44 Destinations are available with a few alternate views of the same location.
  • The throttle engages flight.
  • A space warp animation, swirls and disappears, as you fly to the new destination.

Click to enlarge - Tracking to new position of a destination

Arrival at new Destination, you can use the sphere track controls to explore.

Zoom Controller

Background tracking speed and zoom controls

The Zoom controller is below the sphere. Features are:
  1. Clicking the left, green button, lights it up and zooms the destination image out to full wide view.
  2. The middle, yellow button zooms to standard, no zoom.
  3. The right, blue button goes to full zoom, 230%.
  4. The colored horizontal grid track can be clicked to go to all 37 steps of zoom. The yellow marker and button lights change to match.
  5. Zoom Speed buttons adjust speed. Extra Slow, Slow, Normal, Medium and Fast
  6. Zooms don't go past the destination image edge. Sphere tracking arrows can still go completely around, for panoramic destinations.
  7. Track Speed is in seconds
  8. Track Pan is weighted percentages up to percent of background width. Percentages have reduced strength for narrow backgrounds.
  9. Very wide panorama destinations cannot zoom out, all the way, without showing the bottom image edge. This type of background automatically zooms out left and then pans to the center of the panorama.
  10. The controller remembers all settings. Closing the Track / Zoom Controls or turning systems off, does not erase the zoom settings. When you turn systems back on and open the Track / Zoom controls, the values are still correct.


Starship Simulator Guide version 0.97 updated Feb 4, 2018

Updated guide with new features for version 0.97 which will be released very soon in April 2018. Please right click and save this Guide to your computer. (11 MB)


Click to enlarge - Control Console dimmed lights

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Click to enlarge - Video Player - In Saturn's Rings

April 2017 cockpit update including Full Tracking / Zoom controls, Active Throttle, Advanced Monitors,
Mission Profile Trip lever

Click to enlarge - Audio Comm link Feature update

Upcoming release - Mid-April 2018 includes Comm & Audio features. Each destination gets it's own music excerpt, playable on Comm Link on arrival. User can choose: Audio Off, Cockpit Sounds, Comm Link & Cockpit, Comm Link Only.

Click to enlarge - Video Player - In Saturn's Rings

HTML5 Video Player - In Saturn's Rings

Click to enlarge - Pan Am Space Clipper

Video Player - Pan Am Space Clipper docks with Space Station V in "2001: a space odyssey"

Click to enlarge - 3D simulator cockpit showing Missing Plug alert

Missing 3D Viewer Plugin notice with link to install

Click to enlarge - Guide Options

Enhanced Guide Panel with Guides Quick Pick (lower left) and Feature Summary in left console monitor showing Advanced Monitor Controls

Click to enlarge - Planet Earth

Trappist-1 star system added to
3D Local Stars VRLM .wrl Viewscreen

Click to enlarge - Planet Earth

Video Player - Planet Earth

Click to enlarge - 3D simulator cockpit showing 3D Local Stars

Viewscreen 3D Stars - Pluto system from Hydra moon base

Click to enlarge - 3D simulator cockpit showing 3D local stars and Procyon

Viewscreen 3D Stars - Close view of Procyon system

Click to enlarge - 3D simulator cockpit showing Systems Off on Charon

Charon - view of Pluto and moons - Systems Off

Click to enlarge - 3D simulator cockpit showing Auto resize controls

Starship cockpit with Autozoom controls
and Keyboard Guide in planet building star system

Click to enlarge - 3D simulator cockpit with planet collision

Planet collision off the starboard bow with guides hidden
and autozoom controls dimmed in upper left

Click to enlarge - 3D simulator cockpit version 3 with controls - Screenshot

Shield doors - Systems Off

Click to enlarge - 3D simulator cockpit version 3 with controls - Screenshot

Systems on - auto resize controls upper left.

Click to enlarge - 3D simulator cockpit at Epsilon Eridani

Epsilon Eridani - Systems on with green mood lighting.

Click to enlarge - 3D simulator cockpit at Epsilon Eridani systems off

Epsilon Eridani - shifted to star - Systems off.

Click to enlarge - 3D simulator cockpit viewing Antennae Galaxy

Antennae Galaxies

 Click to enlarge - Antennae Galaxies moved

Antennae Galaxies background moved

Click to enlarge - VRML MP Navigator Fly Through 30 light year map Start Position screenshot

Local stars 3D fly through viewscreen close up VRML 2.0 .wrl with over 180 viewpoints, linked videos and exoplanets. Smoorth fly through in all directions.

VRML fly through local stars to 30 light years and selected stars to 400 light years

Selected images from 3D viewscreen local stars

Click to enlarge - Tomorrowland

Video Player Trailers and Documentaries
(Video list is scrollable to more videos.)

Last updated: March 27, 2018   |