Welcome to the OpenVSP Ground School!

This online tutorial program is designed to guide users of all experience levels though the Open Vehicle Sketch Pad parametric geometry design tool.  The program provides video demonstrations of multiple concepts and features of OpenVSP and is intended to serve as a library of material for users to reference.  Example files are also provided so you can follow along using the same models in the demonstrations.

Please use the Menu Navigator to access the training Chapter, Subject, or Topic of your choice.  You may also use the Search Content feature in the menu to find relevant topics within the site.

A 2022 paper on OpenVSP providing in-depth details and history is available here.
Robert A. McDonald and James R. Gloudemans. “Open Vehicle Sketch Pad: An Open Source Parametric Geometry and Analysis Tool for Conceptual Aircraft Design,” AIAA 2022-0004. AIAA SCITECH 2022 Forum. January 2022.DOI:10.2514/6.2022-0004 Preprint


We are actively developing and uploading content to the website.  If a topic that you are searching for has not been added yet, the next best sources of tutorials and demonstrations are the 2020 OpenVSP Workshop and 2021 OpenVSP Workshop recordings.  For specific questions about OpenVSP modeling and analyses, please search the OpenVSP Google Group or make a new Group post there.  Both of these resources may also be found under the OpenVSP Links menu item. Content updates and notifications are tracked on the Posts page.  If you have any questions or comments about this site or its content, please use the Contact Us form.