SIMNET Updates

SIMNET is constantly evolving with new features and content.  Be sure to check this page periodically to stay up to date with the latest functionality provided by SIMNET.

 

 

 

Aerodynamics Engine

New Feature

August 30, 2022

New First-Person-View User Interface

The Simulation Pane now features an improved user interface that emulates the flight interfaces provided by popular drone systems. The 'First Person View' and 'Stabilized Camera' view modes now have a Heads-Up-Display with information such as battery level, signal strengths, and flight altitude. On 'Stabilized Camera' view mode, the interface also allows for controlling the gimbal tilt and zoom. Buttons on the left allow for taking photos, as well as viewing or downloading them through a photo album.

New Content

August 9, 2022

RC Club Location

The 'Borinquén RC Model Club' location has been added, featuring a runway which can be used for practicing fixed-wing takeoffs and landings.

New Feature

July 7, 2022

Export Model Feature

You can now export a 3D mesh of your aircraft model using the new export feature. Just click on the 'Export Model' button in the Viewer Pane.

New Feature

October 26, 2021

Simplified VTOL Performance Analysis

We have added the 'Analysis Regime' setting within the Performance Pane. Select 'Vertical Flight' to obtain performance predictions in the vertical flight regime, or 'Forward Flight' to obtain forward flight performance predictions. You can use this feature to easily analyze the hover and forward performance of any VTOL design.

New Tutorial

October 21, 2021

VTOL Modelling Tutorial

In this tutorial, you will learn how to model a quadplane VTOL from scratch. This includes modeling its airframe and propulsion system, adjusting its mass estimation and setting up its flight control system. Link: https://youtu.be/Ufg2PNcVs_k

New Component Type

October 14, 2021

3-Axis Stabilized Camera Component

SIMNET now supports simulation of 3-Axis stabilized cameras. You can use the simulation pane's 'Stabilized Camera' view mode to view the simulation from the camera point of view. Demo video: https://youtu.be/7-ze969s0J0

New Feature

September 28, 2021

Undo Feature

SIMNET Designer now supports undoing changes to the design, using the Undo button located in the Aircraft toolbar menu, or by pressing CTRL Z.

New Tutorial

September 16, 2021

ArduPilot SITL Simulation Tutorial

The new tutorial video explains how to simulate an aircraft with the ArduPilot flight control system, using the QGroundControl smartphone app. You can control the aircraft manually using the on-screen virtual joystick, or autonomously by planning a mission through the app. You can find the tutorial video here: https://youtu.be/5ubFiXjQOJ4

New Feature

August 30, 2021

Edit Multiple Components Simultaneously

Now you can use the Editor Pane to modify all components of a specific type simultaneously. Simply select 'Edit All' under the 'Edit' dropdown, to modify all components of that type at the same time.

New Feature

August 10, 2021

Measuring Tool

You can now measure distances using the Viewer pane's new measuring tool. Simply select the measuring tool from the toolbar, click on two points in the model, and obtain the measurement on the lower-right corner of the pane.

New Component Type

August 6, 2021

Recovery Parachute Component

SIMNET now supports the simulation of recovery parachute systems.  Simply add a parachute component to your aircraft, and enter its specifications.  Use the deployment channel to deploy the parachute during flight.

New Feature

July 27, 2021

Ardupilot SITL Support

SIMNET now supports simulation of the ArduPilot flight control system through Software In The Loop (SITL) simulation. Connect your Ground Control Station of choice to SIMNET to start planning and executing simulated autonomous missions.