Did you know that the school are in the process of designing a prototype of a flight simulator?
The Royal Aeronautical Society and Boeing launched The Falcon Initiative in 2015
The Falcon Initiative is an innovative project that aims to inspire and motivate 13-18 year-olds by providing them with an opportunity to design and build a flight simulator.
They received applications from schools around the UK that wished to participate in the competition, but only 10 were chosen to continue Phase 1 along with their proposed concepts. We are delighted that TGS is one of those 10.
We are basing the flight simulator prototype so that people with disabilities can use it and will be taking it to a National Flight Simulator Competition later in the year. 70 students from Year 8 to Year 12 have been getting involved in management, media, design, engineering, software and production, working towards a final prototype build.
"This term has seen some significant progress so far, with the final design looking to be completed before the half term, and materials being bought in order to begin the production phase of the project after the break. Several members of the team have also been to visit BAE Systems in Rochester, and the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, with an upcoming trip to Thales in half-term. A visit from the RAF has been planned for next term, with the very exciting possibility of seeing a Chinook land on the school field! We have had slots in assemblies to introduce the project to the rest of the school (and the school wide logo competition). We have also had external speakers come in to talk to the media team about spreading the word, and ex-students have spoken to the design team about the engineering aspect of the project."
Below you can see the inital drawings and lego models of the motion platform. The seat and controls are mounted on the central section (black part on lego) and the platform is moved by two actuators - one on the red frame to provide pitch and one on the black to provide roll.
The prototype simulator is built and works. The team have designed their own software and built a cover for the simulator. During the process they have built a working model of the platform from Lego and identified the parts they need for the real thing. The team have presented to the judges who were very impressed by the sheer numbers involved and the dedication and determination of all involved. They now have to present at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford on the 4th June and will find out if they get funding to build the real thing. Good luck to all involved!