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International Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 107301, 19 pages
Research Article

A Novel Software Simulator Model Based on Active Hybrid Architecture

1College of Electronic and Information Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), 29 Yudao Street, Nanjing 210016, China
2Astronautics College, NUAA, 29 Yudao Street, Nanjing 210016, China

Received 2 February 2015; Accepted 18 February 2015

Academic Editor: Ronald M. Barrett

Copyright © 2015 Amr AbdElHamid and Peng Zong. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The simulated training is an important issue for any type of missions such as aerial, ground, sea, or even space missions. In this paper, a new flexible aerial simulator based on active hybrid architecture is introduced. The simulator infrastructure is applicable to any type of training missions and research activities. This software-based simulator is tested on aerial missions to prove its applicability within time critical systems. The proposed active hybrid architecture is introduced via using the VB.NET and MATLAB in the same simulation loop. It exploits the remarkable computational power of MATLAB as a backbone aircraft model, and such mathematical model provides realistic dynamics to the trainee. Meanwhile, the Human-Machine Interface (HMI), the mission planning, the hardware interfacing, data logging, and MATLAB interfacing are developed using VB.NET. The proposed simulator is flexible enough to perform navigation and obstacle avoidance training missions. The active hybrid architecture is used during the simulated training, and also through postmission activities (like the generation of signals playback reports for evaluation purposes). The results show the ability of the proposed architecture to fulfill the aerial simulator demands and to provide a flexible infrastructure for different simulated mission requirements. Finally, a comparison with some existing simulators is introduced.