MOSCOW, Russia - Russia’s Prospective Research Fund (FPI) has revealed that it is developing a virtual flight testing system that would help bring the cost of developing new aircraft down.
Since real-time trails have accounted for a lion’s share of the cost of developing new aircraft, now FPI has said it has begun developing a virtual system to replace the expensive real-time flight tests.
According to Boris Satovsky, a project manager at Russia’s FPI the group is developing program codes for computer modelling of various high-speed objects like new generation landing modules and future types of aircraft.
Speaking at the Russian Aerospace Forces Day and the 105th anniversary of Russian military aviation on Saturday, Satovsky said, "We are working on a facility which, based on entirely Russian-designed software, would be able to perform virtual testing of all types of flying objects. To make this happen, we now have a number of research institutes and design bureaus working together with potential customers who are taking part in the development process virtually from day one.”
He added that the cost of real-time trials shoots up due to the expensive on-ground testing equipment and flight tests that often lead to the loss of the test aircraft.
To bring the cost down, the current efforts are aimed at gradually replace real-time tests with virtual ones.
Satovsky said that the computer codes needed to do this have already been developed and are now being tested on the existing types of aircraft.
He added that when these would be implemented, the new system will notably speed up the development of new types of air- and spacecraft and will make it cheaper too.
A report in Sputnik pointed out that the Prospective Research Fund is an advanced military research agency which was founded in 2012 and is tasked with informing the country’s leadership on projects that can ensure Russian superiority in defense technology.
A robotics center was established as part of the FPI in late 2015 and currently, the Perspective Research Fund is working on more than 50 projects at Russia’s leading universities, research institutes and defense enterprises.