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Fly a 747 using MATLAB

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Fly a 747 using MATLAB


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16 Dec 2009 (Updated )

Animate the motion of a 747 along a helical path all from within MATLAB.

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In this demo, we walk through the steps of animating the 3D motion of a 747 aircraft given a helical trajectory described in parametric form. The challenge is to make the aircraft move such that its axis of symmetry is always pointing along the velocity vector. By reducing the problem to circular motion, we devise a strategy by which we are able to do the same. However, when we extrapolate the solution to the actual trajectory, we see that the aircraft does a "mysterious" 360 degree flip at well-defined points in the trajectory much like the manner in which the pilot did for the first test flight for the 747.
Can you figure out the loophole in this strategy and correct the code to eliminate this flip?

The video that walks through the steps of building this demo from scratch are here under the "Aerospace Application Examples" section:

Several enhancements have been made to the demo. See this submission:


This file inspired International Flight Route Planning Simulator Using Aerospace Blockset.

Required Products Simulink 3D Animation
MATLAB release MATLAB 7.9 (R2009b)
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Comments and Ratings (6)
12 Nov 2016 Ali Darwich

hallo,where can I find this Library (Transportation)

07 Apr 2015 gabriel

Hi, where can I find this 747 model from my V-Realm Builder 2.0? I only have a category that is called "General Purpose" in my Object library. I couldn't find the "transportation(air)" library, as demonstrated from your training video (


P/S Nice work!

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20 Oct 2011 Mr Smart

10 Oct 2010 Simulink Dude

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01 Jul 2010 Simulink Dude

Simulink Dude (view profile)

Please take a look at enhancements made to this demo here:

Fly a 747 with MATLAB: Adding Realism, Quaternions, Trajectory Tracing:

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13 Mar 2010 randa

randa (view profile)

can I change the design of the airplane, ex put some airline logo


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01 Jul 2010 1.1

Updated description to point to new submissions:

01 Sep 2016

Updated license

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