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Training and Simulation Systems

UAVsim Overview

UAV demand all around the world is growing as many new commercial applications are discovered.

This increase in UAV use results in a twofold issue: the provision of training for new users (operators, pilots, commanders) and the creation of ad-hoc operating procedures.

People need to be trained and to maintain their skills at operational readiness, with refresher courses and updates. The use of simulation can be extended beyond standard training to aid in the definition and refinement of the operational procedures needed to meet aeronautical environment integration-relevant constraints. It can also be used to support acquisition teams in the evaluation of different UAS configurations. Finally, within a synthetic environment, a mission scenario can be rehearsed prior to operations to identify any potential risks to the mission and to alter plans and tactics to greatly enhance the probability of success.

Success sometimes depends on being able to face situations with familiarity.

The synthetic environment is integrated with operational ground control station software that has been designed to be STANAG 4586 compatible, the standard for interoperability between ground stations and air vehicles.

UAVSim is a simulation environment that seamlessly interacts with C&C and UAV payload control stations to perform realistic missions by simulating both the UAV’s behavior as well as different commercial payload characteristics. The HLA-compliant software provides high-fidelity, physics based models that define the synthetic environment in which operational training and mission rehearsals are performed. A user friendly GUI application allows the instructor to define scenarios and provide real-time control and monitoring of the entities within the tactical environment.

The system is configurable in order to adapt to different aerial platforms as well as to provide test-bed functions for sensors in development.

The open and modular architecture allows multiple systems to be networked in order to create greater and more complex simulation scenarios, thus allowing the virtual interaction of one or more UAV control stations in an integrated environment.

It provides operators with a high fidelity virtual view of the simulated sensors (e.g. an EO/IR camera) in order to visualize the same type of information as gathered during operational missions.

Simulation training is necessary when operators begin activities on a specific UAV as well as when performing recurrent training phases. UAVSim can prepare users for emergency situations which may rarely occur during missions but still require to be specifically training for (e.g. subsystem failure).


  • 3D reconstruction of the environment in terms of terrain, buildings and other features (roads, rivers, lakes, cities, vehicles, vessels, 3D models)
  • Weather condition settings (visibility, winds, cloud coverage, precipitation) affect payload acquisition and the dynamic UAV model
  • Payload acquisition replica formed from the 3D environment image generator
  • Capability to create unusual situations to verify operator reactions to unpredictable events
  • Recording and playback functionalities to perform an analysis of the completed training
  • Mission debriefing tools