Vulture 2 spaceplane HIL simulation

3689635427?profile=originalWe've been quietly beavering away at hardware-in-the-loop simulations for our Vulture 2 spaceplane, and Pixhawk wrangler Linus Penzlien has finally got the aircraft to land itself at a virtual Spaceport America.

The HIL work involves ArduPilot controlling an X-Plane model created by Billy Bargagliotti. The APM deploys some custom mission parameters by Andrew Tridgell, plus a smidge of autotune.

For your viewing pleasure, see this short video, grabbed by Linus during a recent simulation.

There are details of the HIL work here, and full coverage of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission right here.

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  • The latter. They work fine for the purposes of HIL.

  • what's going on with the canards? they seem tremendously deflected in flight. Was that a design choice or just xplane not reflecting reality?

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