Our product development team at SAPHI worked on an advanced helicopter simulation system utilising haptic feedback that accurately replicates scenarios for training purposes.
Who Was Our Client?
Virtual Simulation Systems develops industry-leading simulators for the defence industry, creating replica cockpit training systems that are combined with Titan Vanguard simulation software to create realistic flight training systems.
What Problem Did Virtual Simulation Systems Need SAPHI To Solve?
VSS was contracted by a defence agency to construct an advanced helicopter simulation system that could accurately replicate scenarios for training purposes. VSS required SAPHI’s expertise to construct a suitable system that would meet the requirements of VSS’s client.
What Was The Solution?
SAPHI and VSS decided that building a haptic feedback system for a helicopter cockpit that would simulate real-world conditions would meet the requirements of VSS’s client.
The control system provided variable force on the operator based on the delta of the control sticks centre position. It also fed the position of each axis back into the TITAN software to control the virtual helicopters roll pitch and thrust. SAPHI also developed a cross-platform user interface for calibrating and tuning the system on commissioning at the customer’s site.
What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?
SAPHI was involved in the complete development of the feedback system which required a broad range of skills including:
- Hardware Specification
- Electrical Design
- Control Systems Software
- User Interface Design
- Titan Vanguard Software Integration
- Installation and Commissioning
What Support Did SAPHI Offer After Completion?
SAPHI provided three months of on-going support and maintenance to ensure a smooth transition of asset ownership to VSS. SAPHI has since been contracted by VSS to upgrade the system.
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