As part of a research project at the Delft University of Technology, multiSIM is developing a simulator station for refueling boom operators. The purpose is not to train the operators, but demonstration and testing of different boom, and control dynamics so that the operators learn how to methodically assess and describe the different dynamic characteristics of a (new) refueling system.

The demonstrator is build in such a way that many different dynamic aspects and handling characteristics of the refueling task can be demonstrated and tested. Including effects like:

  • demonstrate difference between “flying qualities” versus augmented “handling qualities”
  • demonstrate underdamped and overdamped characteristics
  • ability to test differences in control forces
  • demonstrate effect of increased stereo disparity, etc.
Simulation of refueling a F-16 from a Royal Netherlands Airforce K-DC10 tanker.

As part of our software solution, the refueling simulation is added to the D-ASSETS software layer, and via D-SIM becomes a part of the distributed simulation (in D-WORLD) as well. This allows for immediate coupling of different simulators in one scenario, for example, the refueling simulator (or parts of it) can now also be used in a training mission in which decompression in the O2Sim is simulated.