SAP – refocusing

The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Still from The Lawnmower Man (1992)

It’s been too long since I put some time into this project, so I’m going to outline goals broadly and then narrow into smaller components.

Goals:

  1. Enumerate SIM software options, noting:
    -DK2 compatibility, Retail rift (CV1) compatibility (which has many moderate advantages over DK2), environmental data output capabilities, associated existing environmental data hardware.
  2. Enumerate environmental data hardware options. Most all options are for motion platforms, will these work for my full 3D system?
  3. Options for motion actuation, look into various high torque motor options. Variables include torque, rotation accuracy, rotation speed, control interface and compatibility with environmental data hardware.
  4. Physical design. Design different styles, noting size requirements, mass, portability, aesthetics, structural design and stress tolerance calculations. Construction may need some legal/insurance considerations.

Steps 1-3 represent the bulk of the electronic challenges. Step 4 is the physical challenge

1.

  • FSX, Microsoft Flight Simulator X. Currently using the steam edition of this with DK2 through my new fancy GPU. Environmental data output capabilities?
  • DCS: Digital Combat Simulator. Clearly supports Rift and motion platforms as here. Available from Steam.
  • P3D: Prepar3D by Lockheed Martin

This page looks like a wealth of information re whats happening is flight sim at the moment..

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