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I'm currently in the process of designing a UAV, and I'd like to use FSX as a flight Simulator for my embedded hardware autopilot system. I was wondering if anyone has designed a plugin that outputs IMU and GPS data, and accepts flight controls, pitch, roll, and yaw or elevator, ailerons, and rudder and finally engine and gear controls.
 
The Simconnect IO for that would be quite simple. However, there are other problems you will need to consider:

FS's flight modelling is not that well suited to very small aircraft like micro UAVs. How big is your aircraft?

You will also need to create a SimObject aircraft that exhibits the same flight charactristics of your aircraft, i.e. lift and drag characteristics, moments of inertia, etc. Not to mention modelling the engine performance. That's something of a black art considering how closed FS's .air file format is.

Si
 
No, no, no all I need FSX to do output IMU and GPS data to a serial port or maybe a tcp port, and receive control surface, gear and throttle commands from the same or a different port. Thats all I need really, well and I need the format to be in floating point. The autopilot should handle the aircraft no matter what type, size etc, I plan on using the aircraft already in FSX.

I have never used SIM connect and I am a hardware design engineer by trade so I'm not much good @ software development do you think you or some one you know could help?
 
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