Arduino Controlled Flight Simulator - "The Viper"





Introduction: Arduino Controlled Flight Simulator - "The Viper"

My Maker Faire project for 2012 is "The Viper" -- an Arduino controlled flight simulator inspired by the ship of the same name from the SyFy Channel's TV Series Battlestar Galactica. It rotates 360 degrees along two axes, meaning that yes, you can go upside-down. 
I am currently working with 4 other friends my age (Alex, John, Joe, and the other Sam) every Saturday. We also have a few great mentors who provide guidance and general support, and the project wouldn't be at all possible without them!
We've been working for about 13 weeks, and we're getting there. We've still got a bit of time before Maker Faire but every work period is a rush to get stuff done. 
Personally, my job is inner electrical work (designing the dashboard, displays, controls, etc) and all of the physics computation on the software side (we're modifying an open source flight simulator game). I've also been doing some Arduino programming alongside Alex, but I'd personally like to do more of the physical building. 
If you're around for the Bay Area Maker Faire this year, come check us out! Also, you can read more about the project and keep up-to-date on our project blog, located at

We've come out with a legitimate introduction video! Go ahead and give it a peek. 



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    I am going to build one of these for my son. My supplier would like to know rpm and torque specs...let me know...thx

    Nice! I like it! any plans on adding gauges on your project? Which FS program are you using?
    Thanks for the update!

    Sure! We ended up taking it to the Bay Area Maker Faire 2012, and won 7 editor's choice awards! It was very, very exciting, and pretty sweet to get all of the support. We couldn't really let people ride in it, because the Faire's insurance didn't think it was the best idea, but I assure you that it was extremely fun. We're probably going to continue working on it a bit this year, and hopefully take it to the 2013 Faire! You can see the final updates over on the website:

    eh, my soldering iron is sketchier... I lost the tip so I made my own from piano wire, and the whole barrel is bent from when it fell out of my backpack and got run over -_-

    very nice and interesting! It should be fantastic if you'll teach to us how you made it! ;)

    It's quite a large project, so I'd have to break it down into separate instructables, but I'll see what I can do!