Simulation will never replace flight tests – nor is it meant to.
Anything that uses sensors such as drones, autonomous vehicles, radar, navigation systems and so on, can greatly benefit from simulation testing.
The biggest boom in simulation currently underway is on the sensor itself. This is true of every type of sensor, whether it be Lidar, Leddar, IR, etc. In addition, because sensors are now much cheaper, smaller, and more integrated with their included software, it makes them much easier to add to a system -- thereby improving it.
But sensor simulation is only half the equation. Another area that is seeing huge leaps forward is the navigation side of things. Engineering autonomy (such as navigation, autopilot, controllers, sensors, etc.) is still in the midst of a rapid growth. For example, you can now buy COTS components that will come already equipped with an autopilot system that is integrated with inertial systems, GPS, etc. That component can then easily be added to your system and it is already packaged – some even come with plug-and-play capabilities so that you can fly your new hardware right away.
How Presagis Can Help Manufacturers
Presagis understands the costs and requirements demanded of manufacturers engaged in the task of innovating, designing, and prototyping new products or subsystems and provides extremely flexible tools that can help create databases, flight models, avionics systems, sensors, and virtual environments.
Every Presagis product – including our Ondulus sensor family – are physics-based and have been designed with quality of integration in mind. Because our company’s strength is software APIs, all of our products are modular, extendable, and capable of plug-and-play with a system.
Our products are also very adaptable to the other products our customers are already using. The ability to integrate Presagis products with other research and prototyping solutions (such as Ansys, Mathworks, etc.) can not only reduce risk, but decrease time to market by providing virtual, simulated environments for real-time component testing – before manufacturing.
“By using [Presagis products] for the flight model testing, our company kept adding components into the flight envelope from the conceptual phase to real development. We were then able to refine all of these components through simulation to advance our development,” said Enrick Laflamme, co-founder of Laflamme Aero.
Our CRAFT open simulator (HELI CRAFT and UAV CRAFT) solutions go one step further and combine all of our tools into a fully-configurable simulator platform that can be quickly and easily adapted to your product, system, or sub-system. From sensor products and avionics, to validation and human factor development, the CRAFT solutions are already being used for research, design, and testing all across the world.