The DeltaGliderIV (also known as DGIV) is the successor of the DeltaGliderIII, improving many details of it and adds a more complex damage model and cargo handling to it. It is currently undergoing public beta testing and already one of the most popular add-ons for orbiter, profiting from the fame of its predecessor.
It inherits many features from its predecessor DeltaGliderIII, being still similar in handling and use as the DeltaGliderIII. Other than the Delta-glider Mk.4, it does not have a virtual cockpit, but this missing feature is more than offset by the detailled and complex 2D panel.
- realistic crew support:
- improved cockpit:
- realistic panels with many user-friendly and rather intuitive features
- OrbiterSound 3.5 support, offering over 40 integrated sounds.
- on-board flight computer with many displays and autopilots and ability to load user-defined ascent programs
- a complete 2D panel in three parts with many systems; life support, APU, engine etc.
- an autopilot that will help you during ascent, re-entry, landing etc.
- a Check-list MFD, extended since the DeltaGliderIII
- realistic refueling that requires pilot's attention
- improved physics:
- crew can EVA and re-enter the ship
- crew can be exchanged between DeltaGliderIV and other spacecraft based on the Universal MMU SDK.
- a ship reacts to flight conditions (no more unrealistic re-entry or landing)
- the ship can become damaged by bad handling and crashes.
- the flight characteristics can be configured in a configuration program, including engine type and life support system endurance.
- improved visuals:
- The DeltaGliderIV can get damaged and turned into a wreckage.
- New glowing heatshield during reentry
- reworked Delta-glider mesh that reflects the correct number of crew inside
- new hi-res 1024x1024 textures with many exchangeable textures(Skins) available
- can have many ships with different Skins in one scenario
- 3 hi-res skins included with the base package
- many external lights
- Cargo management
- The DeltagliderIV is equipped with a small cargo bay, allowing it to carry various payloads, which can handled by the Universal MMU astronauts.
- improved configuration support:
- Full scenario editor support
- a config program that will help you set the skin, crew, payload, power, fuel, life reserve, etc.
- custom installer, no known install problems