Interior view of the cockpit simulator // Source: Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)


DLR puts ISTARcockpit into operation

On March 15, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) officially put a new cockpit simulator for the FALCON 2000Lx ISTAR research aircraft into operation. Thus, the Braunschweig site is pleased to have the second simulator from RST, which enables the safe preparation of complex flight tests on the ground.

The ISTAR program (In-flight Systems & Technology Airborne Research) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the world's only platform for research into flight physics, flight control, flight guidance, and unmanned aerial systems. It is used to develop environmentally friendly and efficient aircraft, propulsion systems and pilot assistance systems (more here).

RST developed and manufactured a cockpit simulator that faithfully reproduces the characteristics and functions of the cockpit equipment of the ISTAR research aircraft. The simulator is compatible with the existing motion platform of the AVES simulator center and thus, offers pilots the opportunity to familiarize themselves with new flight requirements under realistic conditions - even before the real first flight, in a safe environment on the ground.

In addition, scientists can use the simulator to intensify innovative research, for example in the field of energy optimization of flight routes or the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in aircraft cockpits. Two integrated operator workstations offer extensive possibilities for monitoring research studies.

Would you like to find out more about the cockpit simulator? Click here for the project and here for the DLR press release.


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