VSkyLabs Contraventus, Upcoming Update

VSkyLabs has announced an upcoming update for the developers Contraventus design prototype for X-Plane 10 and 11.  The update is planned for October of this year and represents a major overhaul to one of the developers oldest projects.  For those unfamiliar, the project design is inspired by MIT’s famous ‘Daedalus 88’ renewable energy glider.

Please see below for the complete announcement according to the developer.

The VSKYLABS Contraventus Project NEWS FLASH!

One of the earliest VSKYLABS projects will soon have a MAJOR-UPDATE-RELEASE!

In the light of the intensive development and flight testing process of the upcoming VSKYLABS Solar Impulse 2 Project…it’s older VSKYLABS brother has earned a thorough work-around!

Reminder – The VSKYLABS Contraventus design was inspired by MIT’s ‘Daedalus 88’ (the human powered, record breaking aircraft). It is a fictional, educational clean energy concept demonstrator, which is utilizing wind power due to prolonged un-powered descent profiles…turns its low-rpm propeller into a wind-powered turbine, charging up the batteries. Climb-outs are electrically powered. This way, after completing a series of powered climb-outs and re-charging descents, the VSKYLABS Contraventus will reach its wave-like cruising path of approximately 10,000 feet to 6,000 feet, and with proper energy and potential management will practically keep on flying utilizing electric and wind energy.

All aspects of this educational, fascinating project were under the scope in this major update. Here are the highlights:

<Internal engineering for electrical system – complete overhaul for full X-Plane 11 compatibility. Powered climbs and descent/re-charge are now fully accurate and demonstrates the Contraventus energy concept perfectly>

<Full VR compatibility, along with VRconfig.txt file>

<All around 3D modeling refinements as well as PBR textures upgrade>

<FMOD sounds added>

<VSKYLABS Experimental/LSA grade AutoPilot was added>

<Built in AviTab plugin compatibility>

This unique and fascinating project will also have a new and updated manual and instructions page in the VSKYLABS website.

More information can be found in the project’s page at VSKYLABS. Note that it is currently the current (NON-UPDATED) version of the project: https://www.vskylabs.com/2016/11/vskylabs-contraventus.html

Release is expected during October 2018.

To review the original announcement, see the source post via the developers official Facebook page.  If you’d like to track ongoing progress, visit the project specific development page.

*Feature image courtesy of VSkyLabs Aerospace Simulations.

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