I am a Developer/Network Engineer looking to design a VB .net app that can control a airplane little like a flight sim. Right now I dont want the camera to move around it is going to be static in the cockpit just like a pilot view. I would also like to keep this under $500 but will go to $700 for the right gear.. Later on I would like to add UAV chip to my setup but for now here is what I am looking at..
What I have so far:
Planning on buying:
What I want or think I need, was hoping for some pointers here:
So what do you think am i looking in the right direction? By the way once I get the code working I will make it open source for anyone else..
That sounds like a great project, If you have not done so already I would take a look at the GCS's that are being developed, I like the look of Happy Killmore's GCS.
What plane(s) are you looking to get to start the ball rolling?
I did look at that project for the UAV part, didnt know if i could control the whole flight via that GCS. I see the first person is included but what about the stick control?
If you don't yet have a radio yet, am I correct in assuming you are not an experienced RC pilot? If so, then start there first. What you are proposing should work, unless there is a latency issue with the PC end. I would definitely have a safety pilot on the main Tx with your setup going to the trainer input. If you all ready know this then I was wrong. If you have never flown RC and think this my be a way to do it, then you are wrong.
HI Chris, I am developing a similar project although I capture the video to a standalone screen and DVR. Mine is written in vb2010 but most of it should compile in vb.net, you are welcome to a copy of the source if you like. Although not the best written code it flies okay and there may be some parts of the code you code tear out and use in your project. There is a photo of the old version on my profile page along with a description of what it does and also a video which shows that latency (i.e last second climb over the fence) isn't really an issue so long as your not stunt flying.