The institute operates the SIMONA Research Simulator, a moving-base flight simulator for both fixed-wing and rotorcraft. The simulator is used for research into flight simulation technology such as motion cueing and control, real-time software engineering, and visual display technology. A second research field is human-machine interaction in aerospace and automotive. Topics include human perception and control behavior, fly-by-wire systems and handling qualities, automation design and display formats, evaluation of new aerospace vehicles and air traffic management.The SIMONA staff, in cooperation with the Control and Simulation group at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (Delft University of Technology, TU Delft) and TU Delft students, is involved in several research projects on these topics. These include one-on-one research and development projects with the aerospace and automotive industry, EU Framework and Horizon 2020 projects together with academia and industry, and other cooperations (e.g. GARTEUR). The simulator is used for many of these projects to gather initial research data, test intermediate designs or validate concepts in a realistic simulator environment.The simulator has close ties with lower fidelity simulation facilities within TU Delft and a fly-by-wire research jet (PH-LAB, a Cessna Citation II).
Motion cueing, Fly-by-wire, Automation design, Cockpit, Shared control, Fault-tolerant control, Real-time software engineering, Human control, Handling qualities, Vehicle modelling, Flight simulator, Motion control, Human perception, Aircraft, Human-machine interaction, Flight deck, Air traffic control, Pilot, Helicopter, Control loading, Visual display system, Displays, Air traffic management, Simulation