The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) stands as a prominent radio astronomy observatory, nestled in the heart of New Mexico, USA. This state-of-the-art facility is under the stewardship of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and boasts an impressive assembly of twenty-eight 25-meter radio telescopes. Of these, twenty-seven are in active service, while one undergoes regular maintenance within the Antenna Assembly Building, affectionately known as "the Barn." These radio telescopes are arranged in a distinctive Y-shaped configuration, which can be tailored to various operational configurations of differing dimensions.
This highly detailed recreation would not have been possible without Selden Ball and his meticulously crafted 3D models of the VLA radio telescopes, designed initially for use in Celestia, an astronomical visualization program. Selden generously provided both a high-resolution model and a low-res counterpart, ideal for different levels of detail (LODs). With his gracious permission, these models have been seamlessly integrated into MSFS.
You can access Selden's remarkable 3D models, along with a treasure trove of supplementary background information, at the following link: Selden's 3D Models
Installation: unzip the contents and drop the folder tumbleweed-vla into the Community folder.
- All 28 VLA radio telescopes arranged in C configuration, Being more compact than the B configuration found in the Bing imagery, it facilitates more breathtaking vistas.
- Two levels of detail (LOD) for the radio telescope model, ensuring low impact on frame rate
- Custom-modeled “Barn", the iconic Antenna Assembly Building where maintenance and rotation of telescopes take place
- Custom-modeled visitor center
- Many maintenance buildings, objects and people sourced from libraries
- Compatible with PuffinFlight’s We Love VFR - Region 2
Created using textures from 3Dtextures.me, texturecan.com and ambientCG.com, licensed under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal License. All trademarks, logos and brand names used in the scenery are the property of their respective owners and are used solely for recreating a real-life rendition of the airport.
Enjoy exploring this iconic scientific landmark!