Date of Award

Fall 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Kaczmarek, Thomas

Second Advisor

Iqbal, Sheikh A.

Third Advisor

Garside, Richard


Software development for applications used in high-risk and high-reliability environments is a difficult task. Testing in areas where failure could mean loss of equipment or damage to the environment becomes an implausible option. Testing in a simulated environment presents itself as a viable solution to this problem. One issue found when using simulators is they often have complex communication interfaces. After the simulator is no longer needed, the time spent developing the interface is lost. Simulator Centered Design addresses this by re-using simulator interfaces to make the real environment appear the same to the application as the simulator makes the environment appear. This thesis tests this theory by supplying an interface platform for a radio controlled airplane based around the X-Plane simulator interface.