[SOLVED] Drawing orbits with no attached vessel

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I'm trying to use the built-in orbit renderer system to draw an arbitrary orbit in the mapview without any vessel attached to it. The method shown below (by @TMarkos) used to work pre-1.1, but the orbit renderer was changed in that update. This method doesn't throw any errors, but neither does any orbit show up.

Any suggestions for how to make this work with the new orbit renderer or what I'm doing wrong (I'm pretty new to Unity)?

Vector3d exitTraj = getJumpOffset(near, far, model);	// orbit velocity
oPredictDriver = new OrbitDriver();
oPredictDriver.orbit = new Orbit();
oPredictDriver.orbit.referenceBody = far.mainBody;
oPredictDriver.referenceBody = far.mainBody;
oPredictDriver.upperCamVsSmaRatio = 999999;				// Setting zoom limits for showing the orbit
oPredictDriver.lowerCamVsSmaRatio = 0.0001f;
oPredictDriver.orbit.UpdateFromStateVectors(far.orbit.pos, exitTraj, far.mainBody, Planetarium.GetUniversalTime());

Vector3d p = oPredictDriver.orbit.getRelativePositionAtUT(Planetarium.GetUniversalTime());
Vector3d v = oPredictDriver.orbit.getOrbitalVelocityAtUT(Planetarium.GetUniversalTime());
oPredictDriver.orbit.h = Vector3d.Cross(p, v);
oPredict = MapView.MapCamera.gameObject.AddComponent<OrbitRenderer>();
oPredict.upperCamVsSmaRatio = 999999;
oPredict.lowerCamVsSmaRatio = 0.0001f;
oPredict.celestialBody = far.mainBody;
oPredict.driver = oPredictDriver;
oPredictDriver.Renderer = oPredict;

oPredict.driver.drawOrbit = true;
oPredict.driver.orbitColor =;
oPredict.orbitColor =;
oPredict.drawIcons = OrbitRenderer.DrawIcons.OBJ_PE_AP;
oPredict.drawMode = OrbitRenderer.DrawMode.REDRAW_AND_RECALCULATE;


Edited by Booots

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Not sure this is all you need but OrbitDriver is a MonoBehaviour so it needs to be attached to a GameObject and not created with a "new"

GameObject myOrbitObject = new GameObject("myOrbitObject");
OrbitDriver myOrbitDriver = myOrbitObject.AddComponent<OrbitDriver>();

I doubt this is all you need to change but I never drew orbits with those classes...

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Sorry for the necro, but I was wondering if, @Booots, you have figured this out, and if so, how you did it. I've run into the same problem here, nothing that I've tried has made the orbit show up. Thanks!

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I've finally solved this, so I'm posting the solution here for any future forum-trawlers looking to do something like this. It turns out that I was so, so close initially.

There are two similar options depending on what you want, exactly. If a single patch is enough you can draw it with OrbitRenderer (you can also change the colour this way), or you can use the PatchedConicRenderer if you want multiple patches for encounters and escape. Working code that includes both is included in the ESLD Beacons code, found here.

The key steps are:

  1. Create a new GameObject: this will hold all the necessary components.
  2. AddComponent<OrbitDriver> to the GameObject.
  3. Set the OrbitDriver.orbit to the orbit you want.
  4. Set the OrbitDriver.updateMode to OrbitDriver.UpdateMode.TRACK_Phys;
  5. AddComponent<OrbitRenderer> to the GameObject.
  6. If you want a simple orbit, populate the OrbitRenderer fields as needed, and you're done!
  7. Set the OrbitDriver.vessel to an Vessel object (I know, I know, we'll break this link later. See the comment in the code as to why we need it.)
  8. Otherwise, AddComponent<PatchedConicSolver> and AddComponent<PatchedConicRenderer> to the GameObject.
  9. Disable the OrbitRenderer by setting .drawIcons = OrbitRendererBase.DrawIcons.NONE and .drawMode = OrbitRendererBase.DrawMode.OFF;
  10. Set the OrbitDriver.vessel to null at the earliest chance AFTER the PatchedConicRenderer has run its Start() method. I use a Coroutine to check until PatchedConicRender.relativeTo != null and then set the vessel to null.

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Posted (edited)

@Booots I found this thread after searching for how to hide orbit lines for a vessel. I tried setting the orbitRenderer.drawMode of the active vessel to OrbitRendererBase.DrawMode.OFF but it doesn't seem to have any effect. Setting drawIcons = OrbitRendererBase.DrawIcons.NONE works though. Was wondering if you have any insight as to why this might be the case?

edit: figured it out, needed to use the patchedConicRenderer, not the orbitRenderer.

Edited by subyng

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