Archive for May 2009

MI-17 Helicopter Simulator: FlightGear Core FLOSS Inside

May 24, 2009
After a year of continous work of the CICTE (Peruvian Army) to develop a new MI-17 helicopter simulator, in the SITDEF the beta release for the solution was properly showed.  ICTEC, my company, as software consultor for the DIDETEC/CICTE, suggest -obviously- FLOSS solutions to make the develop times faster and in this case, the core of the new peruvian simulator is a FlightGear based application.
Many months of training in Blender, Python/GTK/Glade, Databases, etc. allows to the people of the CICTE build now a really good and cheap option (the budget was about US$ 600k, meanwhile the market offers at least US$ 3.5M simulators).  Peru is making our own technology pieces and FLOSS based (wait for more technical news).
We also contribute (and return) to the Open Community with articles like this: Building_terragear-cs_in_Ubuntu_64

Check the photos:
Simulator Entrance (Real MI-17 Cabin)


Pilot Fliying over Lima/Callao (Check the Scenario)


Pilot still over Lima/Callao (Projection in the side now)


Computers for the electronical control (at least 200 signal processing)


Instructor Control Panel (Python/GTK based with full FG Admin)


People waiting for their turn (the row was really big each hour)


People enjoying the solution

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Blender Game Engine for Real World Simulations

May 21, 2009

This week is very excited for all members of ICTEC, after some months of continous work, we launch the first alpha release for an Army Shooting Simulator made completely in BGE and -of course- merged with a lot of python.

Previously, we use Blender for build objects in a real geo-referenced world for the MI17 simulator, but now all the work was made enterily for BGE andall the new features provided since the launch of 2.48 version.

In the next days, we launch more information about the making of and tutorials for build your own multiplayer real-style simulator (stay tune!!!).  The initial shoot was made for the Peruvian President, Alan Garcia, in
SITDEF 2009 (II International Defense Technology Exhibition and Prevention of Natural Disaster), who taste the FLOSS flavor.