Viper flight simulator (a la Battlestar Galactica) finished

Here’s a story about some guys who set out to build a flight simulator for the Viper from Battlestar Galactica. The goal is to bring a grand project to the Maker Faire. This is a recurring challenge for the group, which has participated over the last several years. But this year they decided to go big and mounted a successful Kickstarter campaign to help with the cost.

The best place to get the build details is their progress updates page. Each week the cadre of teenagers tried to post some info about their progress, and we’ve got a big grin on our faces after reading through them. The simulator aims to provide you with as much of a space flight experience possible given the restraints which gravity imposes. The cockpit can roll and pitch a full 360 degrees in each direction. Of course safety is a concern and they were careful with their frame design and pilot restraint system. But so much more goes into this than just the physical build. There’s sound, lighting, and the virtual simulator, all of which have been complete at an impressive quality level. There’s a ton of video posted and we’ve embedded one short clip after the break showing off the cockpit’s dashboard.

via [Gizmodo]


  1. fartface says:

    Except it’s missing software. they need developers to make a good viper sim.

  2. TheCase says:

    Uh… these guys DID make it to Maker Faire.

    And it was a really nice build too.

  3. Galane says:

    There’s a very good Battlestar Galactica conversion of Freespace 2. This motion cockpit would be great for it.

    Volition released the source code some years ago and it’s been given a major (and ongoing) overhaul to update it.

  4. d hamilton says:

    Looks like fun !!!

    Now if they can teach those kids that “umm” is not a word, and that “umm” will not help them is the future, I may hire one of them.

  5. WonkoTheSane says:

    Nice, but they’ve only covered pitch & roll.
    How about a mk2 with yaw control as well?

  6. Rob K says:

    Its a good build, except it looks nothing like the Viper cockpit from either series.

    To me, its an airplane motion simulator with blinkeylights ™.

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