Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Project: Open Source Gemini Simulator

Today I want to announce a new project I am starting: The Open Source Gemini Simulator.

This project will be to create a 1:1 scale replica of the Gemini Capsule, adapted for playing Kerbal Space Program.  The capsule is designed to be made from readily available materials (Home Depot, Lowes, etc...) and can be made with general woodworking tools by anyone with a maker spirit!  And since everything, the documentation, CAD files, drawings, software, and schematics, will all be Open Source anyone can make it!  The project will be designed to be disassembled quickly into manageable components that can be transported and shown at events such as MakerFaire and Gaming Cons.

Below are a couple of graphics showing the finished structural design for the capsule:

The skin is not shown in these pictures to give a better view of all of the structural elements.  I still need to layout all of the controls going into it.  This will include mechanical 3 axis navballs, mechanical panel meters, and over 50 toggle switches.  Almost every possible function of Kerbal Space Program will be controlled from this capsule.  I'll be using kRPC to interface with Kerbal Space Program, and using Teensy 3.5 for the embedded electronics interface.

I'll be launching a Kickstarter in a couple days to raise funds for the project, check back soon to see when that gets launched!  Once the project gets seriously underway, I'll be posting regular updates about the design work that has already been done and the future work as it progresses.

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