Ideal Aerosmith manufactures high-precision and high-dynamic three- and five-axis flight motion simulation systems for Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) development and production testing of missile guidance and seeker packages. These flight motion simulators are configured to test and evaluate RF, IR and Laser Seekers by providing a synthetic dynamic environment in the laboratory. We are uniquely qualified to design, fabricate, install and commission:
- High-dynamic missile flight motion simulators with precision accuracy (electric drives)
- High-dynamic missile flight motion simulators (hydraulic drives)
- Five-axis high-dynamic missile flight/target motion simulators (hydraulic or electric drives)
- Target Motion Systems (hydraulic and/or electric drives, linear or curvilinear axes)
Ideal Aerosmith’s FMS/HWIL systems are configured with the AERO4000™ Digital Motion Controller. This controller is configured to accommodate “Reflective Memory Interface” (RMI) communication cards that support the high speed data transfer required by HWIL simulations.
Electric Flight Motion Simulation / HWIL Systems
These systems feature high-torque, direct-drive DC brushless motors that provide a very attractive torque-to-weight ratio when compared to electric brush-type DC drive motors. Specific product solutions include:
Hydraulic Flight Motion Simulation / HWIL Systems
Ideal Aerosmith is uniquely qualified to design, fabricate, integrate, test, install and commission hydraulic or electric actuated flight motion systems required for the successful execution of major infrared, laser or RF system development programs. Ideal has an excellent reputation for designing and manufacturing “Hardware-in-the-Loop” (HWIL) test systems and has demonstrated the dedication to support those systems to meet our customer’s highest expectations.
Our three and five axis systems feature high torque hydraulic actuators that provide a very attractive “torque to weight ratio” when compared to electric drive motors with similar torque output. Ideal Aerosmith hydraulic flight motion simulators are controlled by the AERO4000™ Digital Motion Controller. Our AERO4000™ Controller is built upon commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software platforms to minimize cost and delivery schedules. The AERO4000™ is a robust controller designed to provide high-dynamic HWIL missile seeker flight simulations.
Specific product solutions include:
- Three-Axis Flight Motion Simulators (roll, pitch and yaw motions)
- Five- Axis Flight Motion Simulators (roll, pitch, yaw, azimuth, elevation motions)
Target Motion / HWIL Systems
Ideal Aerosmith specializes in the design and manufacture of high performance TMS systems for Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) testing of missile seekers (IR, Laser or RF), guided munitions and inertial guidance test systems. TMS system solutions may consist of various configurations such as a 2X gimbal (i.e. rotary) system, a linear X-Y system, curvilinear X-Y system or dual X-Y system. Any of the Ideal TMS systems are compatible with the Ideal Aerosmith 3X FMS systems or with 3X FMS systems built by the former Carco Electronics or Contraves companies.
Ideal Aerosmith TMS systems are controlled by the AERO4000™ Digital Motion Controller. Our AERO4000™ Controller is built upon commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software platformsto minimize cost and delivery schedules. The AERO4000™ is a robust controller designed to provide high-dynamic target motion for HWIL missile seeker flight simulations.
Specific product solutions include:
- Model 2452H Two-Axis Hydraulic Target Flight Motion Simulator
- Model 244E-10 Curvilinear X-Y Dual Target Motion Simulator
- Model 242E Linear X-Y Single Horn Target Motion Simulator
Aeroload Simulation System
The Aeroload Simulation System – sometimes referred to as a “fin loader” – is a general purpose test instrument that may produce a wide range of rotary position motions and/or active range dynamic torque to simulate aerodynamic loads applied to control surfaces such as fins on missile systems during flight.
Many customers use this equipment in conjunction with a multi-axis flight motion simulator to complete the hardware-in-the-loop test suite for guidance and navigation programs. Click here to learn more about the Aeroload Simulation System from Ideal Aerosmith.