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Flight simulator assisted by a robotic motion platform

Grant number: 12/51085-3
Support type:Research Grants - Research Partnership for Technological Innovation - PITE
Duration: March 01, 2015 - July 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Aerospace Engineering - Aerospace Systems
Cooperation agreement: Embraer
Principal researcher:Luís Gonzaga Trabasso
Grantee:Luís Gonzaga Trabasso
Home Institution: Divisão de Engenharia Mecânica (IEM). Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA). Ministério da Defesa (Brasil). São José dos Campos , SP, Brazil
Company: Empresa Brasileira Aeronáutica S/A (EMBRAER)
City: São José dos Campos
Pesquisadores principais:
Emilia Villani


The main goal of the project described herein is to develop a robotic moving base flight simulator that performs like a real aircraft, with significative gain in costs and possibility of use as soon as a first dynamical model of the aircraft is available. The main application of this tool is the optimization of: the aircraft development cycle; the development of closed loop flight control laws; the pilot training program. These characteristics could be explored by anticipating the knowledge acquired in the learning-by-using form, by means of a simulation environment that behaves close to the final product, nevertheless in early development phases. The main challenges of this project are: the moving base control laws; the visualization system; the cockpit development; and all systems integration. To meet the goal, the facilities and resources of the Laboratório de Automação da Montagem Estrutural de Aeronaves of ITA will be used and adapted by devices projected and/or acquired to allow the sharing of these resources. Among these, a tooling device will be designed and built to adapt a Phenom 300 aircraft cockpit with the main avionics interface and inceptors (e.g. side sticks, pedals and throttles) in the robotic arm. A visual system that allows pilot's immersion in the virtual flight environment will be developed. Furthermore it will be developed and validated dedicated control laws that allow adjusting robotic movement to represent the real aircraft behavior. The results of this project will allow defining the resources and procedures to be partially or fully implemented within the Brazilian aircraft industry. (AU)

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