2021-06-15

The Institute of Helicopter Technology Takes a Next Step in Boosting its Helicopter Simulator Training with Barco 4K Visuals

The institute of Helicopter Technology, part of the Aerospace and Geodesy Department at Technical University of Munich, recently took their helicopter simulation environment offering to a whole new level, upgrading their BO 105 helicopter with the latest cutting edge technology from Barco. project: syntropy was responsible for the upgrading on contract by ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH.

The Institute of Helicopter Technology Takes a Next Step in Boosting its Helicopter Simulator Training with Barco 4K VisualsIn 2012, as part of the high-quality education and research at Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Rotorcraft Simulation Environment (ROSIE) was designed and constructed for Pilot-In-The-Loop simulation of flights close to ground and in obstacle proximity. Such simulations require a highly realistic simulation of terrain and environment, which means high-fidelity external views are of utmost importance.

The BO 105 simulator was originally equipped with 6 Barco F22 WUXGA projectors, achieving a large field of view of 200 degrees horizontal and +30/-50 degree vertical on a spherical Display from project: syntropy. 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.

A highly realistic simulated environment

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

“Reproducing an environment so close to reality requires cutting-edge technology on all levels”, says 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.”

Education that stays cutting-edge

High-quality engineering education has been central for the Institute since its foundation in 2010 when the company 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” says Christoph Bode CTO at project: syntropy.

“We are very pleased with the result of this upgrade. The sheer detail achieved in the image with the Barco projectors is second to none and provides the rotorcraft simulator with exceptional image fidelity”, says Tim Mehling PhD Candidate at TUM.

“Staying in sync with the technology developments happening in a fast-paced environment is important to us in order to provide the best possible education, research, and training offering out there in our field”, concludes Professor at TUM Manfred Hajek. 

About ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH

ESG has been one of the leading German providers of design, integration and operation of complex, security-related electronic and IT systems for five decades, with a current turnover of 330 million EUR. With more than 2000 employees, the ESG Group encompasses the brands ESG DEFENCE + PUBLIC SECURITY, CYOSS and ESG MOBILITY. In Germany and internationally, these people provide products and services for customers from government authorities, the fields of defence and public security and industry.

ESG is a certified aviation company for aircraft and aviation equipment for the Bundeswehr (German Federal Armed Forces) and an aviation engineering company in line with EASA Parts 21J/G and EASA Part 145. As a special systems company for mission avionics, simulation and training, as well as special deployment systems, ESG offers customized solutions. Independent process and technology consulting is one of ESG’s key competencies. Technology transfer between markets is what makes a significant contribution to our customers’ added value.

About project: syntropy GmbH

project: syntropy (Magdeburg & Berlin/D, Gothenburg/SE, Singapore and Taiwan) creates technologies and display solutions for professional Simulation- and Training Environments, interactive, immersive attractions and dome cinema as well as multimedia experiences. Our technologies and products are customized turnkey solutions (visual display systems / media based attractions), system replacements, dedicated hard- and software products (SYNtouch RADAR) or available as rental solutions (next generation immersive fulldome entertainment). We are integration partner for users of professional simulation environments as well as for themed entertainment, brand experiences, leisure parks, science centers, events, trade shows, museums and exhibitions. We are implementing projects all over the world – from Europe, Scandinavia, Middle East to Asia and US.

About Barco

Barco designs technology to enable bright outcomes around the world. Seeing beyond the image, we develop visualization and collaboration solutions to help you work together, share insights, and wow audiences. Our focus is on three core markets: Enterprise (from meeting and control rooms to corporate spaces), Healthcare (from the radiology department to the operating room), and Entertainment (from movie theaters to live events and attractions). In 2018, we realized sales of 1.028 billion euro. We have a global team of 3,600 employees, whose passion for technology is captured in 400 granted patents.