Attention all you would be Colonial Viper pilots, there’s a new project underway that is going to help train you to take out some toasters in the next epic space battle. Depicted in the video above is a Viper flight simulator being constructed by five teenagers in California for the upcoming Maker Faire. Led by high school senior Sam DeRose, these five aspiring engineers are looking to put you into a realistic Battlestar Galactica flight experience using a modified fuselage from a Piper aircraft.
The idea behind the Viper project is to put a person inside an immersive Battlestar Galactica space-flight experience that is superior to motion simulation rides that you see at arcades. The team certainly has achieved an excellent start by creating 360 degrees of freedom on both the X and Y axes, giving a would-be Viper pilot a full range of motion to chase down the Cylon Armada.
The controls in the cockpit of the simulator will be connected to both the motors that will move the fuselage around, as well as giving feedback to the flight-simulation program that will be displayed on three monitors that will make up the “windows” of the project. Using the open-sourced “FlightGear” software, the team will be able to leverage a professional flight simulator for the displays that they will also be able to modify for their needs.
With 55 days left until the Maker Faire in San Francisco, the team is well on its way to completing their ambitious undertaking. As you can imagine, the funding for a project like this is significant. Setting a budget of $17,000, the team has leveraged both corporate sponsorship from Nvidia and private individuals through a Kickstarter campaign. Currently their total amount raised is sitting at around $12,000 with 24 days to go in their fundraising plan.
If you live in the San Francisco area, make sure to check this project out and let us know how awesome it is in person.
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