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2022 OpenVSP Workshop

Welcome to the 2022 OpenVSP Workshop!

This year we are hosting the event at the National Institute of Aerospace located at 100 Exploration Way Hampton, VA 23666. Please save the dates of August 9-11, 2022 (Tuesday – Thursday).

We have reached our soft limit for attendance! Please let us know if you would like to be placed on a waitlist. Thank you everyone!

What is OpenVSP?

For those unfamiliar with OpenVSP, it is primarily an aircraft-centric geometry and analysis software that enables rapid generation of conceptual models using components that are parameterized by common engineering or design parameters such as span, chord, twist, or sweep for wings or length and cross-sections for fuselages/bodies. With these building blocks, you can model almost any sort of outer mold line for a vehicle or object, from transport or fighter aircraft to inhabited space capsules and entry vehicles, boats, missiles, cars, trains, planets… the list goes on. Analyses and features within OpenVSP include a vortex-lattice / panel method aerodynamics solver, mass properties, parasite drag buildup, Finite Element structural meshing, unstructured CFD meshing, supersonic wave drag, intersected surface area and volume, and others. Models may be exported to numerous external tools in a variety of formats including BREP solid export to go straight from OpenVSP to gridding for CFD or to CAD packages jumpstarting the initial design work so users can focus on detailed modifications rather than the underlying OML. OpenVSP is highly scriptable and can be heavily automated to perform large design space explorations with the Python or MATLAB API or by the built-in AngelScript language. A comprehensive paper describing OpenVSP's history and capabilities may be downloaded here.

Users are welcome to familiarize themselves with the OpenVSP fundamentals by visiting the OpenVSP Ground School website Chapter 1 content.

What is the OpenVSP Workshop?

The OpenVSP Workshops are annual opportunities for users of all experience levels, including those with no prior experience, to learn about ongoing OpenVSP development and features directly from the source and to gain knowledge and skill in leveraging a versatile aerospace geometry design and analysis software. Representatives from NASA, Department of Defense, Industry, and Academia participate in the workshop alongside individual users to showcase new research, demonstrate improvements to aerospace discipline solvers and codes, and to provide OpenVSP best-practices to the user community. The Workshop also serves as an opportunity for developers and users to come together to discuss ideas and pose questions that help to guide the future of OpenVSP capabilities.

Refreshments and Lunches are Provided!

The NIA has kindly offered to arrange catered lunches and refreshments for all attendees while our generous sponsors have agreed to cover the costs of meals for everyone! This means that there are no charges or fees for the event itself and we will have plenty of opportunities for networking and discussions over fresh meals and refreshments throughout the workshop.

Evening Social Event Information

An evening social event will take place at Crab Shack on the James located at 7601 River Rd, Newport News, VA on Wednesday at 6:00 P.M.! Come enjoy fresh caught seafood and a scenic outdoor environment while we relax and reconnect.

Crab Shack on the James (outdoor pier seating)
7601 River Rd, Newport News, VA
Wednesday, August 10, at 6:00 P.M.

Technical Schedule

Tuesday, August 9, 2022: Day 1

Start Time
(U.S. Eastern)
Topic Presenter Organization
9:00 a.m. Welcome, Workshop Overview, and Introduction to OpenVSP Brandon Litherland NASA Langley
9:30 a.m. Recent and Ongoing Support Rob McDonald Consultant
9:45 a.m. Basic Modeling Guidance and Examples Brandon Litherland NASA Langley
10:45 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Integrated Flowpath Modeling​ Rob McDonald Consultant
11:30 a.m. VSPAERO GUI Overview Brandon Litherland NASA Langley
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. VSPAERO Recent Updates and Improvements David Kinney NASA Ames
2:30 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Beginner Interaction and Automation with the Python API and VSPSCRIPT​ Brandon Litherland NASA Langley
3:30 p.m. OpenVSP Python Dev Environment Rob McDonald Consultant
4:00 p.m. OpenVSP Curve and Surface Modeling Rob McDonald Consultant

Wednesday, August 10, 2022: Day 2

Start Time
(U.S. Eastern)
Topic Presenter Organization
9:00 a.m. Sponsor Showcase Roy Hartfield
Dan Abir
M4 Engineering
9:30 a.m. Recent Updates to M4 Structures Studio and Live Demo Thomas Nascenzi M4 Engineering
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. OpenVSP Recent Structures Improvements Rob McDonald Consultant
11:30 a.m. Aerostructural Optimization of a Flexible-Winged Aircraft Using OpenVSP​ Tim Brooks NASA Glenn
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. FlightStream Updates and Integration Vivek Ahuja FlightStream
1:30 p.m. OpenVSP to FlightStream CCS Meshing Vivek Ahuja FlightStream
2:00 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. OpenVSP to CFD (and other stuff) Options​ Rob McDonald Consultant
3:00 p.m. Highly Integrated Ducted Propulsor Modeling For CFD Analysis Andy Hahn Consultant

Thursday, August 11, 2022: Day 3

Start Time
(U.S. Eastern)
Topic Presenter Organization
9:00 a.m. OpenVSP Recent XSec Improvements​ Rob McDonald Consultant
9:30 a.m. CHARM Rotorcraft and eVTOL Aircraft Software Overview Dan Wachspress Continuum Dynamics
10:00 a.m. OpenVSP-to-CHARM Automation​ Brandon Litherland NASA Langley
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Year 1 NASA ULI Weights Team Update: Using OpenVSP with M4SS for rapid physics-based weight surrogates of UAM concepts Timothy Cuatt M4 Engineering​
11:30 a.m. Low-Noise Propeller Design with the Vortex Lattice Method Daniel Ingraham NASA Glenn
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. OpenVSP Integration with the CREATE-AV ADAPT MDAO Framework AJ Field NAVAIR / NAWCAD
1:30 p.m. AFRL Vehicle Design Methodologies Jason Kao AFRL/RQVA
2:00 p.m. Initial Workshop Wrap-Up and Depart for Langley Tour Rob McDonald
Brandon Litherland
NASA Langley
2:30 p.m. Follow-Up Demonstrations and Networking Opportunity

Please email Brandon Litherland if you have any questions about the Workshop. We look forward to seeing you!

Workshop Sponsors

FlightStream® is an ultra-fast, advanced reimagining of panel method flow solvers for the emerging distributed-electric propulsion, unmanned-aerial-systems aircraft and the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry and is capable of solving the aerodynamics of eVTOL aircraft. The FlightStream® solver is versatile and foundational in its ability to work with unstructured surface grids and have solver run times of only minutes for complex configurations. It has also been developed for specialized applications for the UAM/eVTOL industry under the NASA Transformational Tools and Technologies Program. Research in Flight offers FlightStream® in the form of software licenses, specialized modules driven by customer needs as well as training, support and services centered around FlightStream®.

M4 Engineering, Inc. works with inventors, startups, established companies and government agencies to solve “unsolvable” problems typically found in electric aircraft, eVTOL, Advanced Air Mobility, as well as more conventional aircraft and spacecraft. We help move ideas from concepts to prototypes through design, analysis. optimization and composite/fabrication services. We also develop MDAO software and offer Siemens Software to support our customers and can help you save time and reduce the costs associated with the design, analysis, optimization and manufacturing of high-performance systems and structures. Please contact us today at +1 (562) 981-7797 or, or visit

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