Current Chapter One Example Files Uploaded

I’ve uploaded a new zipped folder with the new Ground School Chapter One example files to the download page.  All of the Chapter One examples should be included in this file (2-1-21) so you’ll have the pre-built models for following the demos.

Expect changes to the individual topic pages providing more detailed walkthroughs, calling out the specific example file, etc.


Propeller Uploads: Chapter One Videos Complete (-ish)

Hi, everyone!

I’m pleased to announce that the Propeller component video tutorials are up on the Ground School website.  This means that the Chapter One video content is effectively complete!  There are a few top-level topics to add yet such as how to navigate the training content and how to access the example files.  I’ll get to those in a bit.  I also need to write up the topic introductions for the Propeller pages so you have some context before starting.  For now, I hope that you are enjoying the tutorials and finding them useful!  Throughout the process of making these videos, I’ve learned a great deal about each VSP component including some of the little nuances and handy behaviors that make them shine.  Even after more than 6 years of using this amazing tool, I’m still surprised at the versatility.

As we organize the new team and get production of new content running, expect to have lots more updates for the remaining Chapters.  Modeling design intent, running analyses, working with other tools, scripting, and other advanced topics are but a small sample of what’s to come.

I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ to Rob McDonald, Justin Gravett, and Dave Kinney for their support over the last year and for being patient with me as I dove into the details of component behaviors.  I’d also like to thank Ted Sidehamer and the folks at NASA LaRC Sites for providing the framework and guidance for developing the website.  Finally, many thanks to NASA’s Transformation Tools and Technologies (TTT) Project for funding this effort over the last year and for continuing to support this resource for the VSP community!

See you soon and thank you!

Cross-Section Details Added

I’ve added several new videos covering cross-section details and controls.  These tutorials will hopefully provide some guidance, background, and best practices when choosing and designing your sections.  A list of the new content can be found on the Cross-Section Details page.

Coming Soon: New tutorials covering the Propeller component!

The fully virtual 2020 OpenVSP Workshop is coming soon!

The OpenVSP Workshop is scheduled for September 15-17 this year and will be a fully virtual, free, and open event!  There are still open time slots remaining so we are opening our call for papers or presentations to include everyone interested. If you are using OpenVSP to educate or in university design courses, tell us about your experiences. If you have had successes or failures using OpenVSP in your work or hobbies, we’d like to hear about them. If you have found a new and interesting way to leverage OpenVSP to integrate into other tools or to streamline your processes, let us know.  Viewers no longer need to register.  Simply follow the links when they are posted!  Those interested in presenting should make their intent known by August 31 to allow sufficient time for planning.

The Workshop will be streamed through the OpenVSP YouTube Channel.  Real-time comments and questions will be available through the YouTube Live Chat on the feed.  The moderators will either answer these in the chat feed or forward the questions to the presenter to answer directly.  Presentations will start at 11 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. each day (U.S. Eastern time).  Each talk will begin promptly at the top of the hour and be a maximum of 45 minutes in length providing a 15 minute break for Q&A and setting up the next presenter.  The event schedule will be posted on the 2020 VSP Workshop Wiki page along with links to the live feed by September 7th.  Topics to be presented will range from introductory material to advanced modeling techniques as well as ongoing software improvements and feature additions. This year we also hope to host live developer sessions where advanced users will walk you through building OpenVSP from the Git source and how to build and use the OpenVSP Python API.

Please email Brandon Litherland if you have any questions about the Workshop or would like to be a presenter. We look forward to seeing you!