Optronics motion simulation facility

The motion simulation facility consists of several interconnected segments, which when utilised together, provides the hardware-in-the-loop capability for optronic sensor systems research at the CSIR. Research focuses on new and novel electro-optic sensors and the modelling, simulation, engineering, testing, evaluation and development of advanced electro-optical sensor systems for day, night and multispectral surveillance. Researchers also evaluate and design countermeasure and electronic warfare techniques in the visual and infrared wavelengths.

The hardware-in-the-loop simulation capability reduces the time and cost of the evaluation, testing and development of a device under development, as evaluations are done in a controlled, high-fidelity laboratory environment that allows for repeatability and allows for a significant reduction in risk when compared to expensive flight trails. A simulation environment also allows for user-defined test scenarios.

The facility offers several capabilities, including:

  • Directed infrared countermeasure effectiveness evaluation
  • Characterisation of a missile seeker
  • Missile flight analysis
  • Target tracking evaluation
  • Bi-directional reflection distribution function measurements
  • Inertial navigation unit evaluation
  • Missile approach warning system evaluation
  • Infrared countermeasure effectiveness evaluation


Contact Person

Kevin Gopaul

Technical Specifications

Hardware-in-the-loop simulation

The complete system comprises a 53NH-2 Contraves Goertz three-degree-of- freedom flight motion simulator and an ABB IRB 6650S-90/3.9 robot manipulator target motion simulator.

Key Concept

Hardware-in-the-loop simulation
Hardware-in-the-loop simulation is a technique that is used for testing control systems, often in automotive and aerospace applications. It combines real hardware components with software-based simulations