Robot arm heli simulator prepares for ILA Berlin launch

Robot arm heli simulator prepares for ILA Berlin launch

20-May-2010 Source: Heli Aviation

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The Heli Trainer sets new standards in flight training. The flight simulator helicopter trainer is presented exclusively at the ILA. As part of the international air-leading trade fair presents the Heli Aviation GmbH together with KUKA Roboter GmbH and the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, a conceptual study for a new type of helicopter flight trainer. From 8 to 13 June 2010 introduced the first phase development at the exhibition center at the airport Berlin Schönefeld, Hall 1 Booth 127, to the public.

In the training of helicopter pilots the first flight are very intense and dangerous. Therefore, some approaches have been taken for the simulation. A new way to go, however the airline Heli Aviation GmbH, the robot KUKA technology leader and the Department of perception, cognition and action “of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics to the common development of the helicopter trainer.

The goal of the development is a realistic flight trainers that enables pilots effectively, safely and economically to train. The quality of education remains the same. For critical flight maneuvers can be repeated as often and to a safe crash can be simulated, while having to intervene in the practical flight training for flight instructor immediately on introduction of false control inputs.

The use of the helicopter pilot is a novice trainer therefore needs less time to feel for the movements to develop the consequences of his control inputs to better understand and learn maneuvers in a safe environment with a steeper learning curve.

For the technical implementation is one of the biggest challenges to reproduce complex movements of real systems in a confined space for movement so that a pilot believed to be in a real aircraft. Stewart platforms are the most commonly used motion simulators, since they move large payloads and high accelerations can also perform. A major disadvantage is their limited working space and movement.

Therefore, pursuing the helicopter trainer a new approach based on that, from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics movement to advanced simulation KUKA KR 500 robot type TÃœV. At the 6-axis robot with a heavy payload of up to 500 kg a helicopter cell type Guimbal Cabri G2 is attached. In it can take one or two people and train in the original cockpit realistic helicopter maneuvers. The robot of Augsburg is the world’s only company authorized to carry passengers industrial robots. Through its six degrees of freedom and its design provides the robot a much larger labor movement and space than traditional platforms. Optionally, the robot will be expanded by an additional traversing for real arrival and departure maneuvers.

About Heli Aviation GmbH
The Heli Aviation Ltd. is established from the Rainbow Helicopters GmbH hevorgegangen and has over 17 years experience in commercial aviation. With three locations in Wallerstein, Worms and Heli Aviation Tenerife is one of the leading helicopter company in Germany. Under the new name, the helicopter services expanded and form the mainstay of the three traditional powers. The second area is the education and training of would-be private and professional pilots and crews. The third segment is the development of helicopter technology. Heli Aviation is part of the medium group Ohnhäuser group company, which employs about 250 employees and more than three decades in the aerospace industry operates.

About the KUKA Robot Group
KUKA Roboter GmbH, based in Augsburg, is a member of the KUKA Aktiengesellschaft and ranks among the world’s leading suppliers of industrial robots. Core competencies are the development, production and sale of industrial robots, controllers, software and linear units. The company is market leader in Germany and Europe, three in the world. The KUKA Robot Group employs about 2000 employees. Of these, Germany at the KUKA Robot Group Germany about 1,100 employees work. In 2009 sales totaled 330.5 million euros. The company has 25 subsidiaries in key markets in Europe, America and Asia with.

About the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
The Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen research at the elucidation of cognitive processes on experimental, theoretical and methodological territory. The Department of perception, cognition and action “under the direction of Prof. Dr. Heinrich H. Bülthoff investigated the perception and cognitive performance of people and does this by using methods of classical psychophysics, computer simulations and virtual worlds. About 70 biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists and psychologists explore management services such as object recognition and categorization, sensorimotor integration and perception of space. In 2005, completed Cyberneum methods of computer graphics and virtual reality for the simulation of natural environments are used to investigate perception and action under controlled experimental conditions in a closed perception-action loop can. The Department Bülthoff is in various international and European research projects relevant.

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