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Integrated design of flight simulator motion systems
A very important part of modern flight simulators is the ability to provide
accurate motion cues to the pilot that controls the simulated vehicle.
In recent years, a lot of research has been done to investigate the role
of motion in the simulation.
SimDesign worked together with ADSE and Hydraudyne on the design of a hexapod replacement for the last link of the VMS simulator at NASA Ames.
The original configuration consists of a large beam that can move vertically
(blue arrow, 60 feet), on which a sledge is mounted that moves horizontally
(red arrow, 40 feet).
The modernisation consists of replacement of the second sledge and gimbal
by a hexapod with merely the same motion capabilities, but with much higher
dynamic range and stability (see second image).
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