Next generation flight simulator could be your next ground station


Imagine strapping into one of these instead of your standard head-mounted display for FPV!

The system, while linked to the likes of X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Sim, can take raw input from gyro data etc and put the pilot into that position.  With a Mil-SPEC HMD, the system is really quite immersive and a fun ride.  While not a traditional UAV related post, I thought you might be interested.


Check out Universal Motion Simulator Home for more details.

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Comment by Michael Pursifull on November 20, 2011 at 5:23pm

ok, i know you've heard this question before, but here goes "how about a heavy lift model?" =)

Comment by James Mullins on November 20, 2011 at 5:33pm

Thanks Mike,

It can handle 500kg (1100pounds) so that's quite a bit of room for extra gear.  I see there's an option for a 1000kg system now too!



Comment by Ellison Chan on November 20, 2011 at 7:45pm

Funny how these researchers, get funding for "researching" things that people have already done years before them.


Comment by apocolipse on November 20, 2011 at 8:37pm

@Ellison Chan
Years ago in Assembly Language Programming and Logic class at university, my professor (who happened to be in a research position at UMBC) told me a valuable lesson.  You don't get paid when you say the truth, that you are "playing around", call it "research" and you can justify a paycheck :).  In any event, these have been around for a long while but there's always room for advancement in any system.

Mind you the true application for precision in the case of this is for use with X-Plane specifically for real pilots.  With full sim's real pilots can log FAA flight hours with X-Plane 

Comment by David on November 20, 2011 at 10:10pm

Wonder how long before the headlines read "Man dies after being pummeled to death by rogue robotic arm flight simulator"   ...looks fun though.

Comment by falvin on November 21, 2011 at 2:36am

2nd ... how these researchers, get funding for "researching" things that people have already done years before them...


Comment by AVS on November 21, 2011 at 3:17am

i feel travel sick just looking at it, but one of my nephews would love it :)

Comment by James Mullins on November 21, 2011 at 4:15am

Hi Falvin, We actually have a collaborative relationship with MPI (the researchers behind the video you linked to). Researchers actually work together to improve technologies quite often and I think it would be a sad world if we let technologies like this stay within the one research team.  The idea is that as the research progresses, each team adds it's own spin on the tech.  Imagine what the world would be like if after the Intel 4004 no other research teams got involved designing new chips because there was no funding for further research.  I'd imagine that the DIYdrone community wouldn't be here because Atmel wouldn't exist!  I think we're all here to make things better.  eg. Why make our own drones if someone already has one for sale? So we get funding to make technology better and to add new things.  In our case it's the haptic control inputs that we specialise in.  We've also made advances to the wash in/wash out filters.  Best regards, James CISR Researcher ;)

Comment by Ellison Chan on November 21, 2011 at 9:10am

At least they're using the equipment.

I worked at a robotic research lab once where they had an arm connected to a parallel processing VME box.  I was there for about a year, not one of the researchers, and I saw them turn it on once.  Meanwhile, they were busy compiling X10 (before X11), and installing unix file sharing on Macs, because it was cooler.

Comment by Daniel Hibben on November 21, 2011 at 7:03pm

i love it.

i have a pocket full of quarters, where does the line form


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