Is there any free software that can design drones/aircraft and test fly them? Thank you. I’m looking for a software with no controller needed, just to test if the aircraft/drone can hover with stability.

  • $\begingroup$ Flying an aircraft without controller required is quite the challenging endeavor, especially for multirotors. $\endgroup$ – ifconfig May 31 '20 at 2:52
  • $\begingroup$ I'm referring to a simulator that test to see if the aircraft/drone can fly with stability, though in my case it's more of a hover $\endgroup$ – Gabriel Kusiak May 31 '20 at 3:17

I am not quite sure what kind of drone you'd like to build. However, here are the ones I use for a variety of multirotor and fixed-wing drones:

  • I love CoppeliaSim (formerly V-REP) for multitorotors. It makes it very easy to make certain assumptions about forces and torques, and to see the results in real-time.
  • X-Plane is great for fixed-wing drones. X-Plane simulates flight dynamics on a fluid-dynamics level so it's actually simulating the plane as it would fly based on its geometry.

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