The multi-purpose Desdemona simulator definitely pushes the limits of motion simulation. Desdemona is a flight and driving simulator, disorientation trainer and advanced research lab, all in one. Currently, Desdemona provides motion critical training for both rotary wing and fixed wing:
- Apache AH-64
- Chinook CH-47
- Cougar AS-532
- Transport aircraft
In addition, customized simulation solutions and cockpits were developed for military armed ground vehicles, frigates and space crafts.
Optimized for motion critical training
This simulator – unique in the world – can be used for R&D and training of complex situations that may occur during (military) flight, driving or even sailing.
A large motion envelope
Standard motion simulators will suffice for training of most civilian aircraft maneuvers, but what if the aircraft movements reach the limits of the envelope and become extremely high dynamic, such as during unusual attitude recovery and during combat in military aircraft?
The same applies to extreme ground vehicle movements, such as rollovers, emergency swerves and off-road driving. Standard simulators will not be able to simulate these maneuvers.
The solution will have to come from a simulator with a large motion envelope: the Desdemona simulator, which represents the next generation in motion simulation.
Always the right motion cueing solution
The diversity in the motion envelope of Desdemona is unique. It has the capability to support the outside view with exactly the right movements, in order to generate the desired driver or pilot behavior. This is called motion cueing. The right motion cueing is vital for the adequate immersion into the simulation and the required transfer-of-training. Desdemona combines the possibilities of both the hexapod and the human centrifuge. The cabin has a modular layout that allows to be re-configured as a fighter jet, a helicopter, a Boeing 737, a spacecraft or – and just as easily – as the interior of a car or the bridge of a small ship.
Desdemona is designed for:
- Spatial disorientation training (basic course, advanced courses, refreshers)
- Advanced military flight simulation, including highly complex jet fighter motion (deep stall, inverted deep stall), helicopter operations in adverse circumstances (difficult and dangerous environments, such as brownout landings), and upset recovery training for transport aircraft pilots.
- Research on human motion perception and the development of optimal motion cueing (also for the use and design of other simulators).
Customized training solutions
However, the possibilities offered by Desdemona allow a much wider use, e.g. in civil aviation, general aviation, space travel (e.g. artificial gravity and the training of astronauts), shipping and the automotive industry. Other organizations involved in the human balance system and motion sickness – such as the pharmaceutical industry and manufacturers of roller coasters – will definitely also benefit from the opportunities offered by Desdemona.
For example, in co-operation with SXC and XCOR, Desdemona BV developed a experience training for future commercial astronauts in Desdemona. The motion solution offers a one-to-one experience of the G-forces.