UAV Airborne Lab

The Centaurus Unmanned Flying Laboratory is an essential educational tool in study of aircraft design and aerodynamics. The built in miniature black box collects vital flight data for analysis. The aircraft is equipped with GPS navigation as well as a virtual Head Up Display.

The Centaurus Flight Simulator is a comprehensive hands-on aircraft design software that empowers the aircraft designer with the ability to test their designs with nearly any imaginable aircraft. This form of aircraft design is an industry standard used for prototyping the designs to observe how the design performs within a virtual landscape.Various detailed physical specifications of the airplane can be entered such as weight, wing span, control deflections, engine power, airfoil sections, etc.

Academic Applications:

  • Academic studies in aeronautics, aircraft design and aerodynamics.
  • Flight path programming and navigation.

Features:

  • Built in miniature black box.
  • GPS navigation
  • Virtual Head Up Display
  • Ability to design virtually any form of aircraft design.
  • Editable physical parameters.

Benefits

1. Large Aircraft Size

The relatively larger size of the aircraft allows for the following:

  • Student will learn performance analysis based on actual dimension.
  • Large airborne platform enables realistic performance analysis.
  • Actual aircraft characteristic analysis based on actual dimension.

2. Professional Simulation Training Software for Remotely Piloted Vehicles

  • Equips students with virtual remotely piloted flight experience before actual flight.
  • Developed and approved by former British Champions and Industry professionals
  • Based on next-generation graphics engine, featured highly detailed models, accurate sunlight behaviour, environmental reflections, soft shadows, sun-bloom, realistic smoke effects and trails.

 

 

3. 3D modeling analysis based on Blade Element Theory

  • Nearly any imaginable aircraft can be built!
  • Detail physical specifications of the airplane can be entered (weight, wing span, control deflections, engine power, airfoil sections, etc.),
  • Simulator will predict how that plane will fly in various user defined flight environments.
  • Students can compare flight performance of actual and virtual planes out of which finer tweaking can be made to ensure that the virtual plane behaves as accurately as the actual plane.
  • Uses pre-defined airfoils that list the performance of any airfoil (lift, drag, moment) to predict how the plane will fly with that foil enter the lift, drag, and moment of any given airfoil at any given Reynolds numbers make a 3-D cockpit to sit inside the plane, or a highly detailed aircraft model to overly the basic model.

4. On-board Virtual pilot system (RTPS)

  • Students will be able to perform ‘test pilot’ maneuvers on the actual unmanned aircraft via the onboard visual system (RTPS) superimposed with on-screen display of the actual flight data.

5. Advance on-board flight lab system

  • Recording essential on flight data such as GPS, Airspeed, Altitude, and more for later ground analysis.

 

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