VSkyLabs Solar Impulse 2, Project Update

VSkyLabs has posted a new project update with regards to the developers in progress Solar Impulse 2 for X-Plane 11.  According to the developer, the aircraft represents the most challenging VSkyLabs project to date.  Specifically, the depth and complexity of the aircraft is beyond that of any other past project.  Nonetheless, after approximately three years of development, the Solar Impulse 2 is now preparing for initial release.

For those unfamiliar with the model, the aircraft is a long range solar powered experimental design which famously circumnavigated the globe back in 2015 and 2016.

Check out a brief demonstration video.

Next, see the complete update according to VSkyLabs.

Meanwhile at VSKYLABS…

After the initial release of the VSKYLABS Cabri G2 took place last week…focus is now shared again between the upcoming updates and maintenance for the existing VSKYLABS fleet (including the Cabri, of course) and the upcoming new projects development…

Meanwhile…The Solar Impulse 2 Project…the most challenging VSKYLABS project up to now…which is being researched and developed, all together for about 3 years now (!) will soon have a major development focus, preparing it for initial release. Dedicated news-flashes will soon be posted.

In short…it is amazing how much depth and complexity are involved in just flying the Solar Impulse 2, keeping it in the air…making turns, climbing, descending, landing…This aircraft is practically sailing the skies, like a ship is sailing the ocean…surprises are hidden almost in every aspect of flight.

Final words regarding the systems on-board…although very detailed and comprehensive, the VSKYLABS Solar Impulse 2 Project is not designed to be a study level demonstrator of the real Solar Impulse 2 aircraft in terms of electrical systems authenticity. It is designed to allow a rare look into the principles of flight, handling and operation of the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft, along with a plausible electrical system on-board, which is allowing to re-create its around-the-world tour, with flight profiles as close as possible to the real ones. It should be considered as an educational, solar-energy aircraft sand-box. However, Flight Dynamics, performance and handling characteristics *are designed* to get the flight dynamics and flying challenge as close and authentic as possible to the real aircraft.

Stay tuned for more!

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

*Video and feature image courtesy of VSkyLabs Aerospace Simulations.

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