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New flight analysis software takes aerospace design to a new level

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MathWorks, a leading developer of mathematical computing software, has introduced new flight analysis and visualisation capabilities for aerospace design.

The new Aerospace Blockset software for use with MATLAB and Simulink adds flight control analysis tools to help analyse flying qualities of aerospace vehicles.

Aerospace Toolbox adds the ability to customise user interfaces featuring cockpit flight instruments to visualise and analyse the motion and behaviour of aerospace vehicles.

Engineers can now develop continuous workflows from the early stages of vehicle design and development to flight prototyping, reducing time between design and testing.

Aerospace design needs to meet stringent design and regulatory requirements to ensure compliance with standards like MIL-F-8785C, DO-178 B and DO-178 C, for which engineering teams typically rely on Simulink and the DO Qualification Kit.

Design environment of choice

Engineers working with in-house or third-party tools for flight visualisation and analysis can now work directly within the Simulink environment for flight simulation, visualisation, and analysis.

By using Model-Based Design and Simulink earlier in the design workflow, teams can more easily maintain models and code. They can also share models across teams and with contractors to make sure that all requirements are met.

“The ability to model, simulate, analyse, and visualise is critical to the highly regulated aerospace industry. That’s why Simulink has become the design environment of choice for these engineers,” said Paul Barnard, design automation marketing director, MathWorks.

“Now these teams can reduce design time even more, because they can iterate to reach prototyping in a few weeks instead of many months. This will help them meet development deadlines while ensuring high-fidelity and compliance with standards.”Replace pic_De_Havilland_6DOF_Template

New advanced analysis

Aerospace Blockset helps engineers quickly model, simulate, and analyse aerospace vehicle dynamics.

The new software features flight control analysis tools to perform advanced analysis on the dynamic response of aerospace vehicles. The tools include templates to get started and functions to compute and analyse flying qualities of airframes modeled in Simulink.

Aerospace Toolbox provides tools and functions to help analyse and visualise aerospace vehicle motion using reference standards and models.

Flight instruments that display measurements using standard cockpit instruments are included.

To learn more about the role of MATLAB and Simulink in designing, implementing, and testing air and space systems, visit: mathworks.com/solutions/aerospace-defense.html.

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