Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition

Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition



  AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN GET
TO FLYING THE WORLD'S FASTEST AIRCRAFT

The Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition is a next generation addon optimized for the latest versions of Lockheed Martin® Prepar3D® and Microsoft® Flight Simulator X and designed to take advantage of the new and more powerful personal computers that are available today. The addon contains a native version for Prepar3D® v2.x and is fully compatible with Flight Simulator X: Steam® Edition and Prepar3D® v3.x and v1.x (Prepar3D® v4.x users, see "Minimum System Requirements" below).

This new addition to our X-15 Series is a completely redesigned product that features new high-resolution models and textures, highly detailed virtual cockpits with full 3D gauges, additional systems and functionalities, over 60 sound effects, new animations and special visual effects, and a comprehensive 270-page flight manual (printable PDF format) and an online help system optimized for tablets and PCs. The manual, which contains over 200 topics and 400 keywords, includes a new section with complete system descriptions which was not included in the previous version.

What's new in version 2.0?

The X-15A-2 Special Edition is the result of many years of research and took almost two years to develop. Our goal was to create an addon with the necessary features to make it as accurate as possible technically and historically, offering a higher level of realism, within the limitations and capabilities of the simulator. We believe we achieved this goal by offering our X-15 fans a new and completely redesigned product that, in addition of being visually impressive, includes virtually all the systems and functionalities found in the real aircraft.

This rocket aircraft addon contains eight variations of the X-15A-2 with external propellant tanks and the mighty XLR-99 rocket engine and three fictitious variations of a delta wing X-15AD-4 with rocket engine nozzles and solid rocket boosters, based on proposed configurations for future X-15 aircraft. The three highly detailed exterior models feature more than 1900 parts and 100 animations. Three fully functional 3D virtual cockpits contain over 1500 parts and 300 animated custom gauges and systems. A custom X-15 flight model was designed to reproduce the characteristics of rocket-powered high speed and high altitude flights in the simulator.

This addon will allow you to fly at altitudes of over 300,000 feet at more than four times the speed of sound (or the maximum speed that can be attained in the simulator) and to simulate almost every step and procedure required in a typical X-15 research mission.

If you are a true X-15 fan and already have some knowledge about the aircraft and a desire to learn more, this addon is for you. This is your chance to go beyond books and films and jump in the cockpit of this extraordinary vehicle in a true simulation environment.

The Xtreme Prototypes X-15A-2 Special Edition will take you as close as you can get to flying the world's fastest aircraft!


Click here to access the full online help system (optimized for tablets and PCs).

Click here to download the full 270-page utility flight manual (20 MB, PDF format).

You must accept the end-user license agreement before you can download, install and use this software product.

Please read "Minimum System Requirements" below.


ABOUT THE REAL X-15 ROCKET PLANE

The legendary North American X-15 was a research airplane designed to obtain data on flight at extremely high altitudes and speeds and to demonstrate the ability of pilots to fly rocket-powered airplanes out of the earth's atmosphere and back to precision landing.

The X-15A-2 (AF56-6671) was a modified and more advanced version of the X-15-2 rocket plane, specifically designed to allow longer engine burn times and to attain hypersonic velocities in the range of 8000 feet per second at an altitude of 100,000 feet. The main modification was the addition of two large external propellant tanks which can be jettisoned and reused. The added propellant permits a longer engine run which results in added velocity.



In October 1967, Air Force Pilot Pete Knight took the X-15A-2 to Mach 6.7 (4520 mph), the fastest manned aircraft flight recorded to date (if we exclude Space Shuttle flights). The X-15A-2 completed 22 flights between June 1964 and October 1967.

See:
PC Pilot Magazine, Jan/Feb 2016.
Micro Simulateur Magazine, Jun 2015
Avsim.com, Jul 2015.


 
 
 

XP X-15A-2 Special Edition v2.0
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"Congratulations on the release of your new X-15A-2 addon! You truly did do a fantastic job. I hope you get a whole new generation of people interested in the X-15. Thanks again for putting out this amazing flight sim." -Michele Evans, author of "The X-15 Rocket Plane". Read the book...



"Educational, exhilarating and totally absorbing! The X-15A-2 provides sim pilots with a unique experience in flight simulation. The feature list is absolutely huge. The detail in every component is outstanding and coupled with the dozens of visual effects really creates a realistic and absorbing product." -Peter Stark, PC Pilot Magazine

"...we get caught in the excitement of pushing boundaries further, going higher and coming back in one piece... To recreate the spirit of the air and space conquest is the greatest achievement by the developers of this exceptional machine." -Emmanuel Blanchard, Micro Simulateur Magazine

"A+, Highly Recommended! This one is so unique, so polished and so well modeled and error free, and so complete with all the optional models and the extensive sounds, animations and visuals. What we now have available for our flight simming pleasure is the most up-to-date simulation, using the most up-to-date techniques with high definition textures, custom sounds and animations and even flying models that were proposed but never actually built. This one come with the most comprehensive and best documented and easy to use flight manual that I have seen to date." -Ray Marshall, Avsim.com

"Thanks for modeling my absolute favorite aircraft, with perfection! Talk about down-to-the-rivets, I have never seen such sharp, pristine textures. The walk around on the new X-15A-2 literally drew tears to my eyes. Thanks again and again for the incredible aircraft!" -Michael Gabriel, X-15 fan (California, U.S.A.)

"Very nice accomplishment, with superb 3D (models). A lot of rigor in this work, it shows and I like that." -Jean-Marc Daigre, X-15 fan (France)



 

 
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

IMPORTANT: Xtreme Prototypes next generation addons are designed to take advantage of the new and more powerful personal computer systems that are available today. They require better video cards and more processing power and RAM than other more conventional addons. Increased performance will be noticed on more powerful systems.

Before purchasing this product, make sure you have the minimum system requirements or better:

  • Flight Simulation Platform: Lockheed Martin® Prepar3D® v3.x (read note below), v2.x or v1.x, Microsoft® Flight Simulator X: Steam® Edition or Flight Simulator X SP2 with Acceleration Expansion Pack (or FSX Gold fully installed). This product is not compatible with earlier versions of Microsoft® Flight Simulator.
  • Operating System: Windows® 10/8.1/8/7 32-bit (64-bit recommended), depending on your simulator's requirements*. We are sorry we cannot provide support for this addon if installed under Windows® VistaTM or Windows® XP®.
  • Computer Memory 8 GB (16 GB or more recommended)*
  • Processor: Dual Core 3.0 GHz (Quad Core 3.0 GHz or better recommended)
  • Hard Drive Space: Downloaded ZIP file size approx. 1.4 GB, each addon version size approx. 2 GB when installed*
  • Video Card: 1 GB (a high-end video card with 2 GB GDDR5 or better is highly recommended). Installing this addon in Prepar3D® requires a DirectX® 11-compatible video card*. Make sure you have the latest video driver for your operating system.
  • Graphics: DirectX® 11, 10 or 9 (depending on your simulator's requirements)*
  • Other: Wheel mouse, joystick (pedals optional), sound card and speakers, Adobe® Acrobat Reader®. A wheel mouse is required to actuate 3-position switches and some knobs.
  • Internet Connection: An Internet connection with browser is required to access the online help system (optimized for tablets and PCs). You can use your iPad®, Windows® or Android® tablet (optional) as an aviator kneeboard while flying the X-15A-2 SE.

    *: Refer to your simulator's documentation for more information.

    Note for Prepar3D® v3.x users: The X-15A-2 SE is a native Prepar3D® v2.x addon that is fully compatible with Prepar3D® v3.x. However, there is no installer for Prepar3D® v3.x available at this time. To install the addon in Prepar3D v3.x, simply change the path to your Prepar3D® v3.x folder during installation.

    Note for Prepar3D® v4 users: The X-15A-2 SE addon is not compatible with the new Prepar3D® v4 at this time. The transition from 32-bit to 64-bit requires some changes to special systems DLLs, including the third-party sound DLL we are using to reproduce the custom cockpit sounds. Please visit our website frequently for patch availability.


    TARGET AUDIENCE AND SUGGESTED SKILLS

  • Target Audience: Desktop pilots looking for something different, X-15 fans, students, rocket and space buffs. This rocket plane simulator is the ideal complement to X-15 books and films.

  • Suggested Skills: Following detailed procedures, understanding aircraft systems, experience with high speed and high altitude flight in the simulator, navigation basics, gliding and landing an unpowered vehicle, a desire to discover, learn and have fun.

    The X-15 is no ordinary aircraft. Equipped with a powerful rocket engine that uses three different types of propellants, the X-15A-2 SE addon is very different from other, more conventional piston or jet aircraft addons you would normally fly in the simulator. And it goes high and fast!

    Because the operation of the X-15A-2 SE addon is very similar to the operation of the real aircraft, it is suggested that users read the flight manual and follow the procedures carefully.


    GENERAL FEATURES

    Four variations of the X-15A-2 aircraft (s/n AF56-6671) with the XLR-99 rocket engine, a long ventral and external propellant tanks:

  • Clean black "rollout" version (circa 1964) with silver drop tanks
  • Standard black version (circa 1965) with red and white drop tanks
  • Standard black version (circa 1966) with pink ablative patches and black and white drop tanks
  • Standard black version (circa 1966) with pink ablative patches and red, black and white drop tanks

    Four variations of the X-15A-2 aircraft (s/n AF56-6671) with the XLR-99 rocket engine, external propellant tanks, a short ventral, a dummy ramjet and an animated eyelid on the left canopy window:

  • "Refurbished" (museum) black version (circa 1969) with red and white drop tanks
  • Pink version with full ablative coating (circa 1967) with silver drop tanks
  • Clean white version with full ablative coating and white sealer (circa 1967), with red, black and white drop tanks
  • Standard white version with full ablative coating and white sealer (circa 1967), with red, black and white drop tanks

    Three variations of a fictitious delta wing X-15AD-4 aircraft (s/n AF68-18601 and N203NSX) with the XLR-99 rocket engine, rocket engine nozzle extensions, solid rocket boosters, auxiliary vertical stabilizers and a dummy ramjet, based on different proposed configurations:

  • Clean black "rollout" version (circa 1969)
  • Standard black version (circa 1969)
  • White "NASA" version (circa 1970)


    FLIGHT MODEL FEATURES

    Custom X-15 flight model to reproduce the characteristics of rocket-powered high speed and high altitude flights in the simulator:

  • One Reaction Motors XLR-99, "throttable" 60,000-pound liquid-fuel turborocket engine
  • Two Thiokol "Castor 1", 45,000-pound solid rocket boosters (on delta wing model only)
  • Supersonic flight up to the maximum speed attainable in the simulator (approx. Mach 4.65)
  • High altitude flight up to 354,200 feet (or the maximum altitude attainable in the simulator)
  • Fictitious ground takeoff or high altitude launch like the real aircraft
  • Good maneuverability at supersonic speeds
  • Excellent gliding capabilities


    X-15A-2 ROCKET AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

    The following systems are simulated to conform as closely as possible to the operation of the real X-15A-2 aircraft, within the present limitations and capabilities of the simulator:

  • Custom X-15 fuel management system for the three different types of propellants and gases, like in the real X-15A-2 rocket plane (overrides the simulator's conventional fuel management system)
  • Engine compartment fire detection system
  • Engine turbopump system
  • Turbopump hydrogen peroxide system
  • XLR-99 power plant propellant and control systems
  • Engine controls and indicators
  • Propellant supply system
  • Liquid oxygen tank
  • Ammonia tank
  • Engine and propellant control helium system
  • Propellant pressurization helium system
  • Drop tank system
  • Propellant transfer system (from external drop tanks)
  • Solid rocket booster ignition system (delta wing model only)
  • Auxiliary power units (APUs)
  • Electrical power supply systems (generators, AC/DC power distribution, emergency battery and an external power source)
  • Temperature control systems
  • Hydraulic power supply systems
  • Flight control systems and indicators (vertical and horizontal stabilizers, flaps, speed brakes)
  • Landing gear system
  • Instruments (pitot static, stable platform, ball nose)
  • SAS (basic autopilot functions)
  • BCS, RAS (animated switches and lights, BCS not supported in the simulator at this time)
  • Instrumentation system controls and indicators (skylight hatch)
  • Indicator, caution and warning light system
  • Canopy


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  • Ejection seat (limited functionalities, animation only)
  • Air conditioning and pressurization system
  • Nitrogen system
  • Windshield heating (antifogging) system
  • Radio communication, VOR and ADF system
  • Cockpit lighting system
  • Pilot's oxygen system


    AIRCRAFT MODEL FEATURES

  • Three high resolution 3D exterior models, optimized for the latest versions of Microsoft® Flight Simulator X and Lockheed Martin® Prepar3D®
  • Detailed models based on archive material, with more than 1900 parts and 100 animations
  • High resolution textures
  • Unique markings and liveries (on each aircraft)
  • Dynamic frost textures (around the cold propellant tanks when filled)
  • Movable aerodynamic control surfaces:
    • Differential horizontal stabilizer
    • Vertical stabilizers with movable and fixed sections and a jettisonable ventral rudder
    • Flaps
    • Fully animated upper and lower split-flap speed brakes with flexible hoses
  • Detailed and fully animated landing skids and front gear ("steerable" in the simulator), with scoop door and a flexible electrical cable
  • Animated ram-air door
  • Detailed canopy cover with floodlights, electrical and antifogging systems, animated valves, electrical wires and nitrogen pipes, animated head restraint and movie camera
  • Elliptical canopy windows on all models (default)
  • Optional trapezoidal windows (user-selectable)
  • Detailed cockpit with ejection seat, animated sticks and levers, and miscellaneous systems
  • Animated X-15 astronaut/pilot in full pressure suit
  • Animated skylight hatch with star tracker system
  • Detailed XLR-99 power plant with exhaust pipe and jettison and drain pipes
  • Jettisonable external propellant tanks (optional, user-selectable)
  • Fictitious delta wing model with auxiliary vertical stabilizers, based on proposed configurations for future X-15 aircraft
  • Jettisonable solid-fuel rocket boosters on delta wing model
  • Rocket engine nozzles on delta wing model
  • Jettisonable dummy ramjet (on the white aircraft)
  • Animated eyelid on the left canopy window of selected aircraft
  • Dynamic fogging and ablator splatters on selected windows
  • Animated ball nose
  • Retractable pitot tube


    VIRTUAL COCKPIT FEATURES

    Note: Xtreme Prototypes next generation addons no longer include 2D panels found in older products. They are replaced by virtual cockpits with full-3D gauges. There are no flat 2D gauges in the virtual cockpit.

  • Three fully functional high resolution, VR-ready* virtual cockpits with over 1500 parts and 300 full-3D animated gauges, switches, levers, light indicators, flight instruments and systems with tooltips
  • Advanced instrument panels:
    • Main panel with two wing panels (engine and flight instruments and control, electrical and hydraulic instruments and controls, light indicators, cockpit instruments, engine timer, landing gear handle, emergency canopy handle, SAS panel, retractable pitot handle)
    • Left console (VPJ control box and lever, flap switch, RAS lights, BCS control stick, engine throttle, speed brake handle, drop tank controls, radio panel, pressure suit controls, left side control box)
    • Right console (breaker panel, cooling lever and switches, right control stick, canopy handle)
    • Center pedestal (instrumentation control panel, ram-air levers, DC voltmeter)
  • Three fully animated control sticks (user-selectable)
  • Animated pedals
  • Elliptical canopy windows on all models (default)
  • Animated eyelid on the left canopy window of the white aircraft (with internal lever)
  • Dynamic ablator splatters on selected windows
  • Optional trapezoidal windows (user-selectable) for a better outside view from the cockpit
  • Invisible canopy mode to fly the X-15 without the clamshell-type canopy on, offering a spectacular view from the cockpit (user-selectable)
  • Detailed canopy cover with floodlights, electrical and antifogging systems, animated valves, electrical wires and nitrogen pipes, animated head restraint and movie camera
  • Functional windshield heating (antifogging) system, complete with animated valve handles and dynamic frost/fog textures on the windshield
  • Cockpit floodlights (VC and exterior model, switchable)
  • Detailed ejection seat with animated handles, buttons, armrests, foot restraints, deflectors and oxygen gauge and selector switch
  • Modified X-15 radio for use in the simulator (VHF COM1, COM2, ADF, VOR)
  • Fully functional breaker panel
  • Optional radio-magnetic indicator (user-selectable)
  • Access to the default (simulator) Garmin GPS unit

    *: The full 3D virtual cockpit makes this addon an ideal candidate for new virtual reality applications such as FlyInside®. Equipped with the necessary software and 3D glasses/VR goggles, the desktop pilot really feels he’s/she’s inside the real aircraft, in front of the real instrument panel, not merely a 2D drawing of a panel.


    VISUAL AND SOUND EFFECTS

    Over 25 X-15-specific low and high altitude visual effects, including:

  • Rocket engine combustion flames and shockwave effects
  • Engine first and/or second stage igniter effects
  • Rocket engine smoke and contrail effects
  • Propellant jettison effects (fuel, LOX and H2O2)
  • Engine turbopump exhaust effect
  • APU exhaust effects
  • Engine precool and prime effects
  • LOX bleed effect
  • Condensation and vapor effect around the cold LOX tank when filled
  • Cockpit lights
  • Wing vortices and vapor trails

    New X-15 sound sets, including new solid rocket booster sound effect

    Over 50 additional sound effects, including external and cockpit sounds (switches, knobs and levers, breakers, pneumatic valves, propellant tank pressurization, APUs, turbopump, gyro, blower fans, fuel jettison, engine precool and prime, tank and ventral jettison, etc.)


    MISCELLANEOUS

  • Automatic rocket engine ignition sequence start button for beginner pilots
  • System monitor panels
  • Contains Bill Leaming's FBGS sound system for playing cockpit sounds
  • Multiple camera views
  • Saved flights based on X-15A-2 historical missions to simulate a high altitude launch* or a fictitious takeoff from the ground**
  • A 270-page printable PDF manual, with complete system descriptions and procedures, based on the original X-15A-2 utility flight manual (English version only)
  • A new 225-topic (over 300 pages) online help system optimized for tablets and PCs (English version only, Internet connection and browser required)

    *: Please note that there is no B-52 carrier aircraft included with this addon due to limitations in the simulation platforms. The saved flights will simply drop you from an historical launch point at high altitude.

    **: This is a simulation and many things that are not permitted in the real world can be done in a simulator. So we thought that our users would like to take off from the ground in their X-15 addon even though this was not possibile in the real world, with the real aircraft. This gives the beginner desktop pilot plenty of time to learn and perform the required preflight procedures while the aircraft is sitting comfortably on the ground instead of falling like a brick in mid-air. For purists, it is possible to simulate a high altitude launch by using the slew mode commands to reposition the X-15 airplane without flying in real time. A second option is to change the altitude and speed settings in the map. You can also load one of the high altitude "launch" saved flights that come with the addon. Taking off from the ground is rather fun however, and it's something the real X-15 pilots could not do!


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