The CHIL is an advanced technology virtual reality and simulation laboratory that offers a smarter, cheaper and lower risk opportunity in building space systems, including satellites, exploration spacecraft, launch vehicles and missile defense systems. The facility enables virtual creation before the physical creation to improve the affordability of our products and associated processes, while fostering a culture of operational excellence.
The CHIL offers significant cost and time savings by using motion tracking and virtual reality technology to create a unique collaborative environment for exploring and solving problems quickly. Using CHIL simulation capabilities, hardware designs and manufacturing processes can be fine tuned in the virtual world, before production or development begins. This allows engineers and technicians to validate, test, and understand products and processes early in program development, when the cost, risk and time associated with making modifications are low.
Using the CHIL, engineers can optimize processes virtually before releasing them to manufacturing; indentify bottlenecks, collisions and worker issues before they happen; improve resource utilization and material flow; improve producibility; reduce rework and mitigate program risk.
With a variety of technology applications, the CHIL can improve every stage of a program, from the concept phase to the operations and sustainment phase. Using the CHIL, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is continually identifying areas to improve affordability and operational excellence throughout the entire lifecycle of our products.
Lockheed Martin has several virtual laboratories, including the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Human Immersive Laboratory (HIL) that is being used to reduce the life-cycle cost of aircraft. Learn more about the HIL here.