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The VECTOR-HIL is the most advanced training simulator developed by UAV Navigation. The HIL enables the simulation of realistic flight condition using a real VECTOR hardware & software (FCC) and a second computational unit simulating the environment and sensor input (SIM).

Test VECTOR in real flight configuration

Test actual flight control software.

Realistic training environment for UAV operators

Simulate a complete operation for training purposes.

Realistic simulation of sensor failures

Test and train for sensor failures.

Platform customizable, 3D model view

Full 3D visualization of the UAV and its environment.

Simulate adverse weather conditions

Test the UAV and operator under different weather conditions (wind speed direction and/or gusts, etc.)

Naval operations

Carrier ship simulation including sea behaviours (speed, heading, waves).

The VECTOR-HIL allows customers to train their pilots with UAV Navigation’s system, but that can be used in trade fairs or for commercial DEMOs. In the same way, it can be used in iron-bird environments for testing as well as to connect some payloads for a more realistic simulation. The device consists of two separated computational boards: one runs an aircraft simulator (SIM) while the second (FCC) runs the real flight Vector software.

The SIM is able to:

     Display the 3D platform and environment on Flight Gear.

     Emulate the aircraft dynamics based on a complex dynamic and parameterized model.

     Emulate the behaviour of an estimator suite (AHRS) which is included in the standard autopilot VECTOR.

     Emulate different payload sensors such as: Laser Altimeter, Weight on wheels (WOW), RPM sensor etc…

     Read the PWM output from the AP to emulate the servo actuator in each control surface. Also, it is possible to simulate sensor failure, noise, disturbances and servo malfunction.

     Perform complete Pre-flight procedures.

The FCC Board stands for Flight Control Computer and runs the real flight control software. It receives the attitude data from the AHRS-INS port as the original code does, and it is configured and managed by Visionair.


To provide a realistic training environment to the user, HIL provides extensive configuration capabilities. This also helps the user get a better understanding of the aircraft in case of emergency situations, without having to test it directly on the platform.

During the training, the following functionalities are available:

     Changes in the Center of Gravity and Inertias of the platform. It is useful, for example, to emulate variation in weight distribution due to fuel consumption or by cargo drop.

     Emulation of engine failure or power loss. This functionality allows the simulation of the autorotation for helicopters or the activation of stall protection for fixed wing platforms.

     Deactivation or perturbations with signal noise of several sensors such as:

     Laser altimeter

     Magnetometer to emulate e.g. calibration out of boundaries.

     GNSS to emulate e.g. a poor GNSS signal

     ADS to emulate issues in STATIC and DYNAMIC pressure sensors.

     Gyro and accelerometers to emulate vibration issues on the platform.

     RPM sensors

     WOW sensors

     Weather condition simulations such as wind speed and direction or gusts.

     Servo lock up simulations to a known position.

     Carrier ship simulation including sea behaviours (speed, heading, waves) for sea operations.

     Ruggedized housing

     One wire connectivity.


System Conector

Ethernet RJ45


Power supply

9 to 36 VDC

Output Power

6 W

Power Conector

Female 2.5 mm barrel jack (positive polarity)

Mechanical / Environment

Size (L, W, H)

250 x 170 x 90 (mm)


1300 g

Temperature range

-40ºC to +60ºC)

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UAV Navigation is a privately-owned company that has specialized in the design of flight control solutions for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) since 2004. It is used by a variety of Tier 1 aerospace manufacturers in a wide range of UAV - also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or 'drones'. These include high-performance tactical unmanned planes, aerial targets, mini-UAVs and helicopters.