What's New

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

Simplified VTOL Performance Analysis

October 26, 2021

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 Resource

Launch of SIMNET Forum

October 22, 2021

We have launched the SIMNET Forum for SIMNET subscribers. Use the forum to ask questions, or share knowledge with other SIMNET users. You can access the forum through the link on the main website menu bar.

New Tutorial

VTOL Modelling Tutorial

October 21, 2021

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

3-Axis Stabilized Camera Component

October 14, 2021

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

Undo Feature

September 28, 2021

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

ArduPilot SITL Simulation Tutorial

September 16, 2021

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

Edit Multiple Components Simultaneously

August 30, 2021

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

Measuring Tool

August 10, 2021

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

Recovery Parachute Component

August 6, 2021

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

Ardupilot SITL Support

July 27, 2021

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.

New Feature

Reference Images

March 10, 2021

You can now load reference images, to help you reproduce existing designs within SIMNET. Use the Editor Pane to add a Reference Image component, then edit the component to load the image, scale it, and place it.