They are a group of five high school students from Marin and San Francisco, who have built projects for MakerFaire before. But now they’re trying their hand at building something really amazing: a full BSG Viper simulator with 360-degree motion in all direction.
And you can help them!
The kids found a Piper fuselage in an airplane scrap yard, installed a racing seat inside with a six-point harness, and then used Autodesk Inventor to create the frame for the motion, asking a professional welder to put it together according to their specs.
Right now they are developing the software themselves, along with the controllers and the motors needed to make it “fly.” The simulator will have three front screens, control joystick, thrusters, and a fully working cockpit simulating the real Battlestar Galactica Vipers. It’s all pretty amazing, but they need some help, as they need to raise $2,500 (£1,600) on Kickstarter to make it all happen. So say we all! [Kickstarter—Thanks Cassandra!]