World’s first fully autonomous flight simulator, designed to take off and land, will be released by Elon Musk’s company [TechCrunch]
The world’s first entirely self-driving aircraft simulator will be made available by Musk’s SpaceX next year, and will be available on the company’s website as soon as the company is ready to launch it.
The simulator is described as “the world’s only fully autonomous airplane simulator,” according to the company, which will be launched by Elon and his wife, who also happens to be a professional pilot.
The flight simulator will include the ability to take control of the aircraft by “receiving inputs from sensors onboard, driving the aircraft in the air, and controlling the flight path with cameras on the ground,” according Musk’s website.
It will also include a range of sensors to help make sure the aircraft is operating safely.
The first flight is expected to take place next year.
The simulation, called Flight Simulator X, was developed by the University of Cambridge, which was acquired by SpaceX in 2016.
The company has been working on simulators since 2013.
The plane is capable of “cruising” and “flying through” the air at around 10,000 feet, according to Musk.
This is more than the height of the Empire State Building, which is currently the tallest building in the world.