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Designing a flight motion simulator for IR-STAF
Author(s): Kenneth G. LeSueur; Mark L. Avory; Kenneth E. Willis
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Paper Abstract

The Infrared Simulation and Test Acceptance Facility (IR STAF) will be a state-of-the-art hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) simulation/test facility for performing all-up-round missile testing in a non-destructive laboratory environment. Full-up IR guided missiles will be placed on a five-axis flight motion simulator (FMS) to allow closed-loop testing of the missile for the full range of tactical flight scenarios. This paper focuses on the unique requirements placed on the FMS, and the design trade-offs that led to performance parameters that could meet mission requirements. The inner three axes of the FMS carries the all-up-round missile under test and the outer two axes move a dynamic IR scene projector system. A real-time control computer simulates the aerodynamic and kinematics response of the missile and generates commands for the FMS and IR scene projector. This system puts the missile under test through multiple scenarios as opposed to a single live-firing. Non-destructive HWIL testing can reduce the number of live firings during lot acceptance tests (LATs) while verifying system performance with a high degree of confidence. The purpose of the facility is to substantially reduce the cost of missile lot acceptance testing while maintaining or improving the confidence in missile hardware.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3368, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing III, (13 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316387
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Kenneth G. LeSueur, Redstone Technical Test Ctr. (United States)
Mark L. Avory, Carco Electronics Corp. (United States)
Kenneth E. Willis, Carco Electronics Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3368:
Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing III
Robert Lee Murrer, Editor(s)

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