Natick, Mass. The Aerospace Blockset 2 puts high-quality flight simulation graphics on your desktop for modeling, simulating, and visualizing aerospace vehicles and features drag-and-drop representations of aerospace components using standards-based reference models. The aim of the software is to help engineers optimize vehicle subsystem configurations and quickly study tradeoffs early in the design phase without the need for costly designs and lab tests.
Animation blocks in The Aerospace Blockset 2, working in conjunction with FlightGear, an open source multiplatform flight simulator, let you visualize vehicle dynamics in a 3-D simulation framework. In this way, you can quickly evaluate and verify complex dynamics before committing to a design.
The Aerospace Blockset 2, which works on top of The Mathworks Simulink and Model-Based Design simulation products, also has applications in navigation and tracking. Specifically, expanded modeling utilities, including transformations and equations of motion for world or Earth-Centered Earth-Fixed coordinates, can be used to model high orbiting and long-range vehicles.
Also, point mass models simulate multiple-body vehicles while an expanded library of navigation blocks, including an accelerometer, gyroscope, and inertial measurement unit, provide a quick way to test full vehicle designs.
The Aerospace Blockset 2 is available now for Microsoft Windows, UNIX/Linux, and Macintosh platforms, and carries a starting list price of $1,000.
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