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Team Viper

Maker Faire is basically a high school science fair on steroids. This is where some hard core, 90th percentile smart nerds go to show off some pretty amazing inventions and tech projects.  This year, a team of high schoolers from the Bay Area have come together to build a full-scale flight simulator for a Viper spaceship from Battlestar Galactica.

They found a Piper fuselage in an airplane scrap yard, cut it and installed a racing seat inside with a six-point harness. They used Autodesk Inventor to create the frame for the motion and asked a professional welding to put it together according to their specs. Right now they are developing the software themselves putting 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 one in the real Battlestar Galactica Vipers.

While their Kickstarter has achieved funding, they are still trying to reach a goal of $10,000 which will fully cover all the project’s expenses.

Check out their Kickstarter page where you can see video clips of the project’s progress.

Full story at Gizmodo.

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