Motion Simulation for Qualifying Gyroscopes

Multiple Degrees of Freedom – Highly Dynamic Following of Predefined Trajectories

Gyroscopic instruments, i.e. gyroscopes, can detect and measure a rotary motion or acceleration of the external reference system in relation to the rotating mass. For example, built into theodolites they are used for precise measurements in geodesy, mining, or geology. Due to their properties, gyroscopes are also used for active attitude control in aerospace and marine applications. The ISS space station, for example, uses the gyrocompass to determine its position in space. Even many smartphones have a built-in gyrocompass for navigation and location.

In order to qualify gyrocompasses, real conditions such as ship movements must be simulated. ISO standards exist that describe the motion profiles and performance requirements in detail for these test procedures. The combination of reaching a target position with a certain precision and the translational and rotational movements (roll, pitch, yaw) is a challenging task that can be performed by specifically designed hexapods.

Key Features of Hexapods

Three linear axes, three rotational axes
High stiffness
Excellent dynamic behavior, fast step-and-settle
Excellent repeatability
No cable management at the motion platform required

Motion Simulation Applications Benefit from

Motion Control

  • Easy commanding of target positions in Cartesian coordinates
  • Coordinate transformation for parallel kinematics is handled by the controller
  • Reference system (work, tool) can be quickly and easily changed
  • Definition of sine curves and/or arbitrary trajectories
  • Support of motor brakes and absolute-measuring sensors with BiSS interface
  • Analog input available
  • Easy integration in automation processes via industrial EtherCAT® interface
    >> C-887.53x Hexapod Motion Controller with EtherCAT®


*depending on the hexapod used

Further Industries and Applications that Benefit From Motion Simulation with Hexapods

Freely Definable Center of Rotation

The freely definable rotation or pivot point is an essential feature of the parallel-kinematic hexapod. This means that the motion of the hexapod platform can be specifically adapted to the position of the gyroscope so that ideal realistic conditions can be created.

Learn more about parallel kinematics



Hexapod Positioning Systems

Parallel Kinematics for Six DoF of Motion, Dedicated Software, Active Alignment Solutions
Version / Date
CAT136 2018-08
Document language English
pdf - 11 MB