Modeling, simulation, animation, and real-time (MoSART) control of helicopter systems

Chen I. Lim, Armando Rodriguez

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This paper describes a Microsoft Windows '95/NT, Visual C++, Direct-3D based software environment for simulating and visualizing high-performance helicopter systems. Different simulation and animation models may be selected by the user. Users are also able to alter model and controller parameters on the "fly" - thus allowing them to quickly examine different scenarios. Both two dimensional bitmaps and three-dimensional polygon representations are used for animation. Real-time plotting and graphical indicators are also employed to help users abstract-out key phenomena. The environment also accommodates data exchange with MATLAB. Simulation data generated from within MATLAB may be visualized and animated with the helicopter environment. Conversely, users may readily export simulation data to MATLAB and use the associated toolboxes for postprocessing and further analysis. The MoSART helicopter environment is a valuable tool for enhancing both education and research. Examples are presented to illustrate its utility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1998 American Control Conference, ACC 1998
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
Event1998 American Control Conference, ACC 1998 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Jun 24 1998Jun 26 1998

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other1998 American Control Conference, ACC 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA


  • Helicopter
  • MoSART
  • Real-time Interactive simulation and visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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