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German Aerospace Center (DLR): Simulation, Test and Verification of Hybrid Navigation System for the SHEFEX-2 Mission

Hardware-in-the-loop tests with dSPACE system

May 13, 2010: In 2010 the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will conduct the second experiment in its hypersonic Sharp Edge Flight Experiment Program SHEFEX-2. The mission will investigate new shapes for launcher or re-entry vehicles with faceted surfaces. A key re-entry technology to demonstrate is hypersonic flight control using steerable canards relying on an accurate hybrid navigation system with multiple sensors. A dSPACE HIL system is used for the hardware-in-the-loop tests of the hybrid navigation system. These tests subject the flight hardware to simulated flight and laboratory conditions in three phases to debug the system and prove robustness.

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