At the end of March we reported a story about a bunch of teens that got together to build a Battlestar Galactica Viper simulator. Okay, that's a bit of an undersell considering these guys weren't building some desktop cardboard cut out or Lego model. Theirs is a serious full-size, 360-motion sim.
To achieve this dream sim they used an old Piper Cherokee fuselage, Autodesk Inventor, a joystick, fully working cockpit simulator software displayed on three screens, and a whole lot of MacGyver juice.
The five students from Marin and San Francisco funded their project through Kickstarter (duh!) and far exceeded their $2,500 goal. In total they raised $11,578 towards making this incredibly detailed project come to life.
Not only did they end up with a completely kickass sim and some pretty intense trial and error problem solving skills, they were able to receive the kudos they deserve from the community by displaying the Viper at the recent Maker Faire in San Mateo.
I'm glad their BSG Viper dream has been realized — it's just a hop, skip and a jump from this to working on something like SpaceX's Dragon capsule.
Big DVICE high-five, guys!