SIMONA Research Simulator
The Simona Research Simulator can realistically simulate all types of aircraft, helicopters and even cars. The simulator was specially built for TU Delft and is used as a laboratory for education and research in the fields of flight simulation technology and human-machine interaction.
The cabin of the Simona Research Simulator is constructed from lightweight material and can accommodate two crew members. The glass cockpit closely resembles that of a modern cargo aircraft, while a display shows a computer-generated image of the outside world. The cockpit moves using a hydraulic system with six degrees of freedom: this is how the crew can experience realistic accelerations and rotations, for example. The controls such as the yokes, joysticks and pedals all feel lifelike.
Students and researchers use Simona for laboratory work on subjects ranging from fly-by-wire algorithms and Air Traffic Management to fundamental research into human perception and control. Students working on their Master’s thesis or dissertations conduct larger-scale experiments. Collaboration with industry and academic partners takes place in different forms: from one-on-one projects with companies such as Boeing, to extensive multidisciplinary consortia like SAFAR, a research project into the next generation of small aircraft.