SDS International (SDS) recently delivered a second ROVATTS(tm)-based Mission Training Device (MTD) to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). SDS' Advanced Technologies Division, Orlando, Florida which originally developed the ROVATTS(tm)-based MQ-9 Reaper MTDs to support Air National Guard (ANG) Reaper crew training, delivered a specialized version of the ROVATTS(tm)-based MTD to AFRL to support Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) research and training. The recently delivered system provides realistic MQ-1 and MQ-9 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) capabilities for use in a variety of current and future AFRL DMO and Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) operations and training research activities.
The combined MQ-1/9 MTD consists of two tabletop simulator stations that preserve the correct physical layout of the MQ-1/9 pilot and sensor operator components of the actual ground control station. The system, which operates in a normal office environment (A/C, power, etc.), includes two adjustable, wheeled COTS tables holding properly sized/positioned flat-panel displays for head-up-display (HUD), tracker, command and status displays; specialized USB-based Desktop Control Units comprised of form/fit/function stick, throttle, keyboard and trackball controls; and game-level rudders. The MTD also incorporates SDS-developed high fidelity MQ-1 and MQ-9 aerodynamics packages (supporting takeoff/enroute/landing operations including flight with turbulence effects and control-delays); MQ-1 and MQ-9 pilot and sensor operator HUDs; and electro-optical/infra-red sensor displays including high-fidelity terrain scenes provided by SDS' AAcuity(r) PC-IG. The MTD's pilot and sensor operator control stations include aircraft-specific functioning variable information tables and menu button interfaces, tracker displays, selected normal and emergency procedure functionality, and applicable MQ-1 and MQ-9 weapons employment capabilities. In addition, the MTD has a separate laptop-based instructor-operator-station capable of supporting mission planning/tactical scenario generation (including fixed and moving 3D targets/humans) and mission control.
SDS' MQ-1 and MQ-9 MTDs support individual (pilot or sensor operator) and/or crew training in a stand-alone environment, plus distributed operations involving a variety of LVC systems in either local or distributed exercises using DIS or HLA connectivity. As such, the MTD represents a low-cost, high-fidelity simulation system capable of supporting a wide variety of realistic training, mission rehearsal, R&D and T&E applications.
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