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The institute of Helicopter Technology (IHT), part of the Aerospace and Geodesy Department at Technical University of Munich (TUM), recently took its helicopter simulation environment offering to an entirely new level, upgrading its BO 105 helicopter with the latest Barco technology. Specialist firm project: syntropy was responsible for the upgrading, under contract to ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG).

In 2012, as part of the high-quality education and research at TUM, the Rotorcraft Simulation Environment (ROSIE) was designed and constructed for pilot-in-the-loop simulation of flights close to the ground and in proximity to obstacles. Such environments require highly realistic terrain simulation, meaning high-fidelity external views are of the utmost importance.

The BO 105 simulator was originally equipped with six Barco F22 WUXGA projectors, achieving a large field of view of 200° horizontal and +30/-50° vertical on a project: syntropy spherical display. In line with the major technology shift that has happened over the past few years in resolution and pixel quality, the system was now ready to take the next step in boosting its helicopter simulator offering to a new high-resolution standard.

Commissioned by ESG, system integrator project: syntropy upgraded the simulator with the latest powerful simulation projection solution, Barco’s FL40 4K projectors, auto aligned and calibrated to a seamless, uniform image using ProjectionTools-Update from domeprojection.com.

Reproducing an environment so close to reality requires cutting-edge technology on all levels”, commented Harald Haß at ESG. “Choosing the right partners to get the job done is crucial. project: syntropy, Barco and domeprojection.com always deliver to the highest standard, and we’re really pleased with the result achieved with this upgrade.”

High-quality engineering education has been central for IHT since its foundation in 2010 when Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters), invested in the unique and close collaboration of academic education, basic research and applied engineering at TUM. “project: syntropy sees the importance of providing educational institutes with professional tools and equipment for research, preparing students for work in similar environments following their studies, and we are delighted to be asked to bring our initially delivered system up to current technologies,” explained Christoph Bode, CTO at project: syntropy.

The FL40-4K projector at rest! (Image: Barco)

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