Hang Glider Site Planning

There are two versions of the glider: one with an additional screen and one without this screen. The version with screen is more interesting because other users can see and hear what is going on in the simulation. But this version requires more space.

Version without screen Version with screen

1. Dimensions

The Hang-glider dimensions:

Screen dimensions
Table for Computer and other Devices Electrical Fan

Complete System fits in 6m x 4m*
* It is recommended that some free space is left available at the sides and front for the formation of lines and also so that people passing by can stop and watch while others experience the demo (more details in People Section)

Click here to see [ VRML 3D Model ]

2. People

The hang glider supports only one person at time but the version with a screen and speaker in front of the glider allow other people to see what is going on.

Complete Installation fits in 7m x 5m
It is recomended one aditional meter in each side for public circulation ( red area )

There is a clock in the screen that defines the flight duration. It can be adjusted to any time. The default ride takes 4 minutes. The time to change between users is about 1 minute

3. Weight

without User: ~ 70kg
computer: ~ 40kg

4. Set-up

The set-up time is about 5 hours. This set-up consist in assemble all the parts of the glider, connect the computer and devices, and calibrate the glider with the application.

Set up procedure:

Step 1 - Positioning the glider

Step 2 - Putting the hang stripe
Connect the hang strap to the top of the gliders frame. There is a hole in both parts that must coincide for the scull

Step 3 - Putting the wings

This is the wing. It is connected with the gliders frame by a screw.

After putting the wings, you have a string to raise the middle area of the wing.
Tide the string in the handles cross the metal stripe

Finally screw the strip in the connection between the glider frame and the hang strap.

Step 4 - Putting the control

It has 2 DOF (Degrees of Freedom) it does not support torcion

Step 5 - Connecting the computer in the hang-glider base
You have to connect one power cord, one video cable and audio connector for the HMD.

Step 6. Connecting the devices
in the hang-glider
In the glider frame there are three connectors for the HMD

Step 7. Positioning the fans
The electrical fan and its control must be in front of the hang-glider

Step 8. Powering the system
The system needs 6 outlets for power. United States outlet standard used

Step 9. Start the computer
Now the system is ready to use

Set up procedure for screen version

Unfortunately at this time we have no access to the screen, and then we are just showing the steps.

10. Positioning the screen;

11. Positioning the projector;

12. Positioning the speaker;

13. Connecting the projector in the computer;

5. Power requirements

There is a table for all the devices and its power use.

Name Voltage Watts
HMD (Head Mounted Display) 120 16
Computer & Monitor 100-240 600
Electrical Fan 127 200
Fan Controler 110-240 44
Tracker 120 6
Projector 120-220 300

Total: ~1166 Watt, but the system was checked and it used just 4Amp.

6. Operation

One person can control the system. This person can help change the users and also restart the simulation.

Controls in the keyboard:

O – Turn on and off the clock
R – Restart the simulation (move the avatar to the start position in the virtual world and restart the timing)

Controls in the Tracker:

The intertrax has a button that resets the user view to forward, it needs to be pressed each time a new user get in the glider

Controls in the HMD:

There are three buttons in the HMD

7. Safety:

The base is very heavy to not turn. It supports heavy people. It was tested with a 130 Kilos person.

A floor padding can prevent problems in a slippery floor and scratch the floor because of the glider structure.


8. Restrictions:

It is not recommended to use the system in a open environment, because the wind simulation could not work.

If screen version used, the light should be dimmer.