MetaVR, Inc. announces it recently delivered over 60 Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) licenses for use in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) simulation.
AAI Corporation recently purchased 51 new MetaVR VRSG licenses to provide the desktop and embedded 3D synthetic payload visualization for training UAS operators with its Universal Ground Control System (UGCS).
Since 2002, AAI has purchased over 450 VRSG licenses for ongoing fielding in its embedded Shadow Crew Trainer (SCT) One System Ground Control Station. These licenses support embedded trainers in Hunter, Shadow TUAS, Aerosonde, and Grey Eagle unmanned aerial systems, which are used by U.S. Army and Army National Guard units. With the new VRSG licenses MetaVR delivered a brand new 3D model of the Shadow RQ-7B Increased Endurance (IE) UAS, which is available to MetaVR customers at no charge to users on active maintenance.
AAI will feature MetaVR visuals in its demos at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), to be held May 22-24, 2012, at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL. In Textron Systems' Booth #704, AAI will use eight instances of VRSG to simulate four air and ground platforms in a common area of operation, demonstrating sensor integration in the integrated support of Textron Systems'
counter-insurgency village stability operations toolkit (COIN/VSO).
Sandia Research has purchased multiple MetaVR VRSG licenses to simulate the UAV camera payload in its UAS research project. Using a combined VRSG and Battlespace Simulations (BSI) Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE) solution, Sandia Research engineers recently built a research test bed, called SimSystem, which monitors the behavior of participants in the roles of pilot, sensor operator, and data exploiter (navigator) as they fly missions in a shared virtual environment via DIS.
SimSystem’s high-fidelity 3D simulation workstations are used by participants and their observers for a behavioral research study to evaluate human effectiveness factors associated with user interface tools used to communicate between multiple crews operating in the same battle space. The results of this research will be used to steer the development of real-world next-generation UAS interface tools used by the US armed forces and DOD organizations.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is building a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) simulation and training lab at its Prescott, AZ, campus. Recently the lab purchased VRSG licenses (to be used with BSI's MACE) for its UAS simulation system, which will be unveiled in classes to be offered in the fall 2012 curriculum. Following in the footsteps of the ERAU Daytona Beach campus which offers a BA in UAS and built a UAS simulation lab a few years ago, the ERAU Prescott campus currently offers a UAS minor and plans to offer it as a major in a few years.
Source: MetaVR Inc.
Date: May 22, 2012