Beckman Institute Illinois Simulator Lab

April 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm (Uncategorized)

I visited the Illinois Simulator Lab recently and got to see some of the simulators they use for research.  I didn’t get to experience any of the simulators myself, but I did enjoy looking at the flight simulator.  They based their design on a the cockpit of Frasca 152 simulator, but with a lot of hardware upgrades to increase the research capabilities.  The room itself has two seats for the cockpit surrounding by 3 screens showing views directly ahead and off to each side at an angle.

This simulator is very useful because researchers can use it to create and modify aircraft designs, which lets them test how well they perform under certain conditions.  This allows researchers to find out if a design is viable for production or not.

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