KUKA Roboter GmbH is partnering with the Human Perception, Cognition and Action Department of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and Heli Aviation GMbH of Germany to create a new full-scale helicopter trainer. The novel robotics helicopter trainer was shown at the ILA Berlin Air show held June 8 – 13 at the Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport. Critical flight maneu- vers can be repeated, including simulated safe crash landings.
This new design is based on the type KR 500 TÜV KUKA robot that has been further developed for motion simulation by the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. A Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter cockpit that accommodates two people is attached to the 6-axis, heavy-duty robot with a carrying capacity of up to 500 kg. It has space for up to two people who can learn realistic helicopter maneuvers in an “original” cockpit. The robot from KUKA in Augsburg is the only industrial robot in the entire world certified to carry passengers. Thanks to its six degrees of freedom and its design, the robot offers a considerably larger workspace and range of realistic motions than conventional training platforms. As an option, a linear traversing axis can be added to the robot to simulate real landing and take-off maneuvers.