Space Shuttle Tribute is a mod for Half-Life 2: Episode Two.
(The information below is in concept stage and may not make it into the final product depending on my skills as well as Source's capabilities and engine limitations)
The mod will show the entire preperation process when a Shuttle launches. These processes are devided into four chapters which are:
- Assembly. See how the External Tank, Solid Rocket Boosters and the Orbiter are being stacked on the Mobile Launcher Platform in the Vehicle Assembly Building and made ready for...
- Rollout. See how the Crawler-Transporter transports the entire Shuttle stack along the Crawlerway to the Launch Pad.
- SSME Test Fire. Test firing of the Space Shuttle Main Engines.
- Launch. The Launch. From T-Minus 5 minutes and counting to SRB seperation.
Of course, some events, like the Rollout, will have a timelapse. The average trip time from the VAB along the Crawlerway to the launchpad is about five hours, now, thats too long, so that is why im relying on a timelapse.
The mod will be cinematic only, so there's no combat and the player won't be able to control the main character of Half-Life 2 (Gordon Freeman). Instead, the entire mod will shown through point_camera's and monitor_screens.
I've added a demonstration video of Discovery's rollout sequence. You will hear the engines of the Crawler Transporter starting up, and then the entire shuttle stack slowly rolls out of the VAB.
Click the Video link above to watch it or just watch it bellow this news post.
Keep in mind that i had to scale everything down, so things may look a bit small or big compared to the player.