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As the level of global air traffic continues to increase, the requirements on the aircraft of tomorrow regarding fuel consumption, noise emission, flight range and economic efficiency are on the rise too. On top of all that, aerospace developers and manufacturers must adhere to very high standards and norms.
To rise to these challenges, they are pushing forward with ground-breaking development work in many different fields. Throughout the entire development process of electronic control systems, dSPACE systems play a vital role, giving aerospace engineers the tools they need to set up high-performance development environments.  

Aircraft Systems
In the aircraft of tomorrow, more and more electric and electronic systems will replace the current mechanical systems. One reason for this is weight reduction, which lowers the overall fuel consumption. Other reasons include the increased reliability and easier maintenance that follow as a result of installing electrical components and electronics in the aircraft. And the fact that more complex aircraft systems are being networked together needs to be considered too.
No matter how unique the application is, dSPACE hardware and software can be used for the necessary development and test tasks: whether for individual avionics components, or even complex networked on-board systems. 
Modern airframes, consisting of components such as control surfaces, landing flaps, slats, landing gear, etc., also contain more and more electric components, as the proportion of mechanic and hydraulic/pneumatic components declines. For example, in the future, control surfaces will be activated by electric or electro-hydrostatic actuators instead of by hydraulic actuators. When developing these systems, tests on iron birds (aircraft test benches) are important for realistically running through any conceivable flight situation. dSPACE systems play a central role here: for example, calculating models for real-time flight maneuver simulation.
Aircraft Engines
Tomorrow's aircraft engines face high demands. They have to be quieter, more economically efficient and more environmentally friendly, and also handle the increasing performance requirements. To reach this goal, engine manufacturers need to explore new strategies for many different points. Each engine must pass special tests during development and for approval by aviation authorities to verify that it is completely safe and reliable. These tests cover a wide range of different aspects, such as the influence of cold and heat, continuous operation, vibration and even bird strike.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being introduced in more new application fields, including surveillance and reconnaissance missions in military and civilian missions. One particular challenge is autonomous flight in general airspace that is also occupied by "normal" manned commercial aircraft. To meet this challenge, high-performance environment recognition and intelligent on-board real-time aircraft control software are absolute necessities. dSPACE systems provide valuable services for developing such systems: for intricate tasks such as processing sensor data in real time during actual flight, or testing the on-board systems in virtual laboratory test flights. 
Space Flight
The development of space flight technology is one of the most challenging tasks ever. Aerospace engineers are constantly striving to push the limits of what is technically possible. At the same time, system reliability is their top priority, since an error in space can have fatal consequences because making on-site repairs is hardly possible. The typical applications of dSPACE equipment in the field of space flight are in developing navigation systems, satellite position controls, and propulsion (combustion control, thrust control, vibration damping, vibration control).

Product Description
Single-Board Hardware
  • For setting up a complete real-time control system with just one controller board
  • Programmable in Simulink® with the help of Real-Time Interface (RTI)
Processor Boards
  • Hardware core for dSPACE real-time systems for calculating models
  • Programmable in Simulink® with the help of Real-Time Interface (RTI)
  • Can be combined with additional processor boards to set up a multiprocessor system
I/O Boards
  • A wide range of intelligent I/O boards with many options: from A/D and D/A conversion, to generating and measuring complex signals, to supporting interfaces such as AFDX, MIL-STD, ARINC 429, etc.
  • System configuration using any kind of I/O board combination
  • Programmable in Simulink® with the help of Real-Time Interface (RTI)
AutoBox / Tandem-AutoBox
  • Compact, modular system for field tests
  • Scalable processing power
  • Room for installing up to 13 boards (Tandem-AutoBox)
  • Compact prototyping unit for the laboratory
MicroAutoBox II
  • Extremely compact system with high processing power for field tests
dSPACE Simulator
  • Highly flexible, open hardware concept with standard components that are set up according to customer requirements
  • Single-processor or multi-processor systems for calculating models
  • Freely expandable with dSPACE I/O boards
  • Signal conditioning, load simulation and electrical failure simulation
  • Available in various setups and sizes
  • New technologies for HIL simulation
  • Seamless hardware and software architecture for various test tasks
  • High channel and system flexibility
  • Configured completely by software
  • Connectible to existing systems

Product Description
  • Open Simulink models for simulating a whole satellite
Real-Time Interface
  • Automatic implementation of MATLAB®/Simulink®/Stateflow® models on dSPACE hardware
  • Graphical I/O configuration via comprehensive Simulink block libraries
  • Configuration and implementation software for dSPACE SCALEXIO® Hardware
  • 3-D online animation of simulated systems in real time
  • Intuitive graphical scene design
  • 3-D object library
  • Multitrack mode for synchronized replay of multiple animations
  • Slow and fast motion
  • Universal, modular experiment and instrumentation software
  • Convenient automation of test sequences
  • Flexible test planning with weekend and overnight tests
  • Automatic generation of C code directly from Simulink®/Stateflow®
  • Drastic reduction of coding time and development time
  • Generated code certified according to DO-178B
  • Data management for model-based development and ECU testing
  • Integrated variant management
  • Direct connection to engineering tools
  • Traceability between requirements, models, parameters, and test cases
  • Open API for integration in existing IT infrastructure and workflows
  • Scalable from small local teams to globally distributed teams

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