Australia’s Deakin University Builds One Mean Flight Simulator

Australia’s Deakin University Builds One Mean Flight Simulator


robot arm

Built by the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research at Melbourne’s Deakin University, the Universal Motion Simulator was partially funded by the government and military looking for a cheaper way to train pilots and even drivers. What sets it apart from traditional simulators is the robot arm’s ability to keep the rider moving or spinning on two axis at the same time, allowing it to better recreate the feeling of actual flight manoeuvres. The large space needed for the arm to whip a pilot about means that projection screens are impractical, so they simply wear a head tracking video helmet that ensures that what they see matches what they feel.

The movements of the arm in the video are frighteningly fast, and while it can reproduce the feeling of fighting up to six Gs so a pilot can affectively train for combat, I suspect it’s capable of ramping that up to the point where it could easily cause bodily harm. So I’m suspecting you won’t see it appearing as a new thrill ride at your local theme park anytime soon. [Deakin University via Hackaday]