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Meet the Luciad hackathon winners: Team (F)Lightspeed

Meet the Luciad hackathon winners: Team (F)Lightspeed

On February 15&16, Luciad organized its first internal hackathon. During 24 hours Luciad employees had the opportunity to develop the project of their dreams. In this series, we’ll zoom in on the winning projects.

The sky is the limit at Luciad. So Kobe Vanbinnenbeek, senior software developer and Tom Mahieu, R&D manager at Luciad didn’t hesitate for a second when deciding on the topic of their hackathon project.

Being flight simulator enthusiasts, they started by creating an add-on to Microsoft Flight Simulator X that queries the simulator for various properties of the plane that is piloted. The add-on then streams the obtained properties to the computer network. 

Next team (F)Lightspeed developed a second add-on to Luciad’s desktop solution, LuciadLightspeed. This add-on receives the properties that were found by the first add-on from the network and uses them to accurately visualize the airplane in LuciadLightspeed in real time. Next to the position of the airplane, the plane's yaw, pitch and roll are used to correctly visualize the attitude of the airplane. Other properties such as vertical speed and fuel consumption can also be displayed.

Fasten your seatbelts and see team (F)Lightspeed demonstrating their project to the pupils of the Abdijschool Vlierbeek in the video below. 

Not only the pupils from the Abdijschool were truly impressed by Luciad(F)Lightspeed, but so was the hackathon jury. Kobe and Tom won the second prize because their project clearly illustrates how the data exported from the flight simulator can be combined with typical data such as satellite data and elevation data, and less typical aeronautical data such as airspaces.

The team donated their prize to Bednet, an organization that makes sure that children and youngsters who are absent because of illness, surgery or pregnancy, can continue attending the lessons – from their home and with their own class group by using synchronous internet education. 


The demo in Ellen's class taught us that it's only a small step from real time visualization to real time distance education. And the sky was not even the limit for the pupils as they also got to explore the entire solar system with Space is the Place.

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