UAVOS has announced that it has developed a simulator that allows customers to test the autopilot control capabilities of the company’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which range from 1kg to 1200kg, in different weather conditions. The simulator also includes software for UAV ground control stations, and allows users to perform UAV trial flights in a virtual environment before the start of production, so that designs can be modified as necessary according to the results of the virtual flight tests.
The ground control portion of UAVOS’ automatic control system software can simulate flight in the virtual environment, as well as using the real autopilot (with flight simulator data fed into the autopilot sensor inputs).
Aliaksei Stratsilatau, Chairman of the Board and Lead Developer, commented: “Virtual models built with a high degree of conformity to a future or real aircraft make it possible to almost perfectly set up the autopilot and test all flight modes, take-off and landing modes for both airplane-type UAVs and helicopters, copters, dirigibles and other non-standard types of aircraft. This procedure allows us to perform the first flight immediately in automatic mode and reduces the risk of loss of the equipment at the flight test stage during critical flight or operating modes in strong wind and turbulence.”
The accuracy of UAV settings in a virtual environment with a correctly constructed model and correctly entered data is approximately 95%. The final setting of the autopilot is performed during the execution of a special “calibration flight” program (duration approximately 30-40 minutes). An important feature of this function is the possibility of visualizing real-world flights in the simulator, which helps with training and with analysis of flight incidents and operator actions.
A demo version of UAVOS’ simulation software for performing virtual training flights with various types of UAV can be found on the company’s website.