Robot arm makes flight simulator more realistic

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In order to train pilots, especially those in the air force and military, it goes without saying that using a flight simulator is far more cost effective compared to letting a rookie sit in an expensive, multi-million dollar fighter jet. After all, it certainly helps the military and air force cut down on costs should the simulated flight experience a crash – not to mention saving lives in the process. Apart from that, the best combat flight simulators in the world will enable military pilots to practice virtual dog-fighting all within the “comfort” of within a machine which is capable of tilting and moving like a mild-mannered theme park ride.

How about upping the ante when it comes to such rides? Well, a next-generation simulator that resides on the end of a huge robotic arm will enable trainees enjoy the sensation of white-knuckle 6G forces all within the simulated space of a screaming-fast fighter jet.

The robotic arm will do its job in manhandling of pilots, where said pilot will also be wearing 3D-display headsets. Wearing these headsets are able to create an immersive experience of performing barrel rolls, or even pulling off extreme turns at high speeds. This particular high-tech simulator could can also be specially configured to simulate spacecraft or hovering helicopters, in addition to other land-based vehicles like tanks, trucks, race cars and motorcycles. I wonder if Formula 1 cars are not exempt from being simulated considering the kind of G forces that drivers experience in the vehicle’s cockpit.

Saeid Nahavandi, director of the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research at Deakin University in Australia says, “This next-generation simulator uses its oversized robot arm to spin users at high speeds in any direction. No other simulator can provide the full experience of flying a military jet with all the gut-wrenching G-forces while only seven meters (23 feet) off the ground.”

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