The next generation of Airbus cockpit technologies is being analyzed with a new “game-changing” development simulator, which is significantly reducing the time needed to test concepts and innovations.
The MOdular Simulator for Airbus Research Tests (MOSART) is a collaborative product of Airbus’ test and design office teams, which began operations earlier this year at Airbus’ M24 Tests Centre in Toulouse, France – where it currently shares resources with other aircraft programme simulators.
Its modular design allows MOSART to be reconfigured to match any required layouts and configurations. It will be used for developmental work on current aircraft programmes, as well as for cockpits of the future.
The strength of MOSART lies in its capacity to evolve according to the needs of designers, either integrating Airbus developments or external partners’ functions prototypes. MOSART is now conducting its first tests, and by 2011 it will take its place as the only research cockpit simulator at Airbus, said Hervé Garrabé, who led MOSART's development.
MOSART was developed to provide the best possible cockpit environment and simulation of aircraft performance, air traffic and weather conditions, along with the flexibility for quick changes in the number and configuration of screens or control interfaces.
“Developing its own game-changing cockpit technologies has been a key factor in Airbus' success since the start,” said Isabelle Lacaze, Airbus’ Differential Technology Programme (DTP) New Generation Cockpit Leader. “The challenge for us is to remain ahead of the game in the face of current and future competitors, airlines' expectations and the long-term challenges with regard to environmental and operational changes.”
The new simulator also will be made available for other users, including those working on projects for the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR).