(July 30, 2010) -- SDS International (SDS) recently completed delivery of two ROVATTS(tm)-based Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) simulators to the University of North Dakota (UND), Grand Forks, ND. One-each ROVATTS(tm)-based MQ-1 and MQ-9 Reaper Tabletop simulators were delivered to the University's Center for UAS Research, Education and Training for use in USAF sponsored efforts to study issues associated with operating unmanned systems in the National Airspace. Under a contract with the Joint UAS Center of Excellence located at Creech AFB, UND will initially use SDS' UAS simulators to evaluate proposed unmanned aircraft operational scenarios for both Grand Forks Air Force Base and Creech Air Force Base; unmanned aircraft operator/Air Traffic Control interactions; and ground-based systems being developed to enable sense and avoid (SAA) of other aircraft with unmanned aircraft. These, and follow-on UAS efforts will help contribute to UND's key role in North Dakota's Red River Valley Research Corridor initiative.
ROVATTS(tm)-based MQ-1 and MQ-9 Reaper Tabletop simulators, provided to UND by SDS' Advanced Technologies Division, Orlando, FL, were delivered with pilot and sensor operator stations composed of adjustable, wheeled COTS tables holding properly sized/placed flat-panel displays for the head-up-display (HUD), tracker, command and status displays; game-level keyboard, trackball, stick, throttles and rudders; and networking connectivity. Each system includes host-aircraft simulation software (MQ-1or MQ-9 as applicable), pilot-station and sensor-operator-station software operating on COTS PCs, EO/IO sensor scenes provided by SDS' AAcuity PC-IG, plus one laptop-based instructor-operator station providing mission planning and system operation. Since ROVATTS(tm) systems are DIS/HLA-capable, the delivered systems can also operate with a variety of live, virtual, and constructive systems in local or distributed exercises.
SDS' ROVATTS(tm)-based MQ-1 and MQ-9 Reaper systems are delivered as easy-to-use, hardware/software turnkey systems. To ensure the systems provide both flexibility and training fidelity at affordable prices, SDS offers its turnkey systems in both Tabletop and Laptop versions, each using COTS computers and associated hardware (tables, displays and controls, as applicable). The Tabletop version preserves system functionality and control station physical layout including correctly sized/placed displays and an optional Desktop Control Unit (DCU) that provides a control stick, throttles, keyboard and trackball with form/fit/function that closely approximates those of the actual ground-control station, while also providing ease of set-up/movement within a facility. The Laptop version also preserves system functionality while increasing mobility and reducing system footprint by placing all functions (tracker, status, command and HUD) in selectable windows on one COTS laptop per pilot and sensor operator station. Either version, which is designed to operate in a common office environment using standard AC power, uses COTS hardware components carrying commercial OEM warranties. Additionally, ROVATTS(tm) uses SDS' AAcuity(r) PC-IG to provide the robust virtual environment (visual/sensor) needed to support realistic training, mission rehearsal, R&D, and T&E activities.
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