Engineers at MBDA recently created a tracking antenna controller that enables a rocket in flight to communicate to the ground station via satellite. After MBDA successfully demonstrated this technology to its customer in static tests, the customer asked MBDA to demonstrate its operation in a dynamic environment.
To meet this requirement as rapidly as possible, MBDA used Model-Based Design to develop a real-time, six-degrees-of-freedom motion platform. During demonstrations, the tracking antenna controller counteracted the motion of the platform to keep the antenna pointed at the satellite, ensuring reliable communications.
“Our objective was to gain the confidence of our customer by providing a dynamic demonstration of satellite communications in a very short time,” says Tonino Genito, department head at MBDA. “Model-Based Design with MATLAB and Simulink enabled us to rapidly develop a first prototype and speed up the entire process while reducing costs.”