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Modular Simulation Framework for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Dauer, Johann C. and Lorenz, Sven (2013) Modular Simulation Framework for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, 19.-22. Aug. 2013, Boston, USA.

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This paper presents the concept and implementation of a simulation framework, capable of simulating a variety of different kind of unmanned aircraft. The concept is designed for various tests, including software-in-the-loop as well as hardware-in-the-loop simulations. The aim of this framework is to ease the simulation setup for different purposes including algorithm development, software testing and control station design. Different problem abstractions and a desired degree of simulation complexity shall be available. A terminology for this particular problem formulation is proposed. Different layers of configuration are identified and a framework is introduced which allows the automatic simulation setup. A library based approach is presented independent of a development language or tool. Subsequently, an example implementation is introduced within a hybrid Matlab/Simulink and C/C++ environment enabling a fast reuse of simulation modules, like sensors, airframe configurations, and environmental setups. The paper concludes with lessons learned from using this framework during the past years.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Modular Simulation Framework for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Dauer, Johann C.Johann.Dauer@dlr.de
Lorenz, SvenSven.Lorenz@dlr.de
Date:19 August 2013
Refereed publication:Yes
Keywords:UAV, UA, Simulation, Simulation Framework
Event Title:AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference
Event Location:Boston, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:19.-22. Aug. 2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Rotorcraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L RR - Rotorcraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - The Smart Rotorcraft
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems > Unmanned Aircraft
Deposited By: Johann Dauer
Deposited On:09 Sep 2013 16:27
Last Modified:08 May 2014 23:24

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