Hardware-in-the-Loop and Embedded Software Test

Engineers must test aerospace and defense systems virtually before validating them in the real world to mitigate risks associated with cost and other hazards. Using hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test, you can test embedded systems earlier in the design cycle.

HIL for Aerospace

Reduce Cost and Schedule Risk Using Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation

Success in the aerospace and defense industry demands that you deliver a high-uptime product with zero quality escapes. A fast, flexible approach to embedded software test is key for meeting tight deadlines and strict budgets. When cost, availability, and safety make real-world testing of satellites and planes impractical, virtual testing reduces risk. HIL simulation makes it easy to conduct real-time tests with scenario models before you run high-risk, expensive tests that take more time. NI's test solutions empower model-based testing with a flexible platform. This software-defined approach augments current systems with newer technology so you can test embedded software on line replaceable units like full authority digital engine control (FADEC), flight control computer, air management systems, and actuator control electronics. NI's HIL solutions can also be used as a digital twin or flatsat so you can test flight control computers for space systems on the ground.

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HIL Resource Guide

Learn more about HIL test system architectures, selecting HIL test system I/O interfaces, and using fault insertion units for electronic testing.

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The NI Alliance Partner Network

The Alliance Partner Network puts experts at your fingertips, including system integrators, consultants, and LabVIEW Tools Network providers, who are available globally to consult on projects and provide complete HIL test solutions tailored to your unique test requirements.

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Learn How to Increase your Embedded Software Test Coverage

Download the PDF to learn more about how HIL Simulators are built on an open and modular architecture based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware like PXI and SLSC. With this level of flexibility, you can customize systems to meet your test needs and keep pace with evolving industry trends.

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