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MetaVR News Volume XVI, Issue 2 October 22, 2012  


MetaVR creates 3D real–time environments that provide the fidelity of geospecific simulation with game quality graphics and performance.

In this issue:
36.A – 126 MetaVR VRSG Licenses for Army’s Universal Mission Simulators
36.B – Joint Fire Executive Committee Accredits MetaVR and BSI JTAC Simulator
36.C – MetaVR Sponsors Upcoming CAS Conference in London
36.D – MetaVR Visuals in FAA Synthetic Vision Simulation
36.E – MetaVR VRSG in Manned Unmanned Operations (MUMO) Simulation Laboratory
36.F – MetaVR at Recent and Upcoming Conferences and Trade Shows

  GreyEagle 36.A

126 MetaVR VRSG Licenses for Army’s Universal
Mission Simulators

This fall, the US Army acquired 126 new MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) licenses to use in Universal Mission Simulators (UMS) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within the Army’s Training Aids, Devices, Simulators, and Simulations (TADSS) training suite. This acquisition follows last year’s purchase by AAI of several new VRSG licenses for the same program.

The Universal Mission Simulator is the next generation simulator in support of the Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS), which the US Army will begin fielding in FY13. The simulator incorporates multifunctional software approaches to provide UAS operators with a high-fidelity training experience for individual, crew, and collective training for piloting Shadow, Gray Eagle, and Hunter UAVs. In addition to a portable classroom, each simulation setup replicates a full GCS shelter with one-seat, two-seat, and three-seat configurations.

  JTAC Training 36.B

Joint Fire Executive Committee Accredits MetaVR and
BSI JTAC Simulator

MetaVR’s Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) and Call-for-Fire simulator, developed jointly with Battlespace Simulations (BSI), was recently granted accreditation by the Joint Fire Support Executive Steering Committee (JFS ESC) for JTAC training. This privately funded commercial-off-the-shelf simulator is accredited to replace live controls (types 1, 2, 3) for both day and night, and for laser target designation with a simulated military laser designator, in accordance with the JTAC Memorandum of Agreement. Type 1 accreditation requires either a head-mounted display (HMD) or a 220°+ FOV dome display.

The accreditation followed a demonstration to members of the JFS ESC at Hurlburt Field, FL, on May 24, 2012. Initial consideration for this accreditation resulted from a competitive fly-off at Hurlburt Field in August 2011, in which the BSI and MetaVR joint system was ranked the highest among five competing simulation systems in meeting the requirements for JTAC simulators.

  JTAC Designator 36.C

MetaVR Sponsors Upcoming Close Air Support
Conference in London

For the third consecutive year, MetaVR is the lead sponsor of the 2012 Close Air Support (CAS) Conference to be held at the Royal Aeronautical Society, London, November 5-7, 2012. The conference is the leading unclassified forum for close air support at the tactical level in Europe.

The conference will start with a study day on November 5, examining future CAS technology, followed by the main conference on November 6-7 where a range of international CAS programs and developments will be examined. The emphasis of the conference is on the training, equipment, and communications of the TACP/FAC/JTAC on the ground and the doctrine that supports the JTAC’s interface with the CAS aircraft and other joint assets.

Gary De Young from Battlespace Simulations and W. Garth Smith from MetaVR will give a joint presentation, "Building an Accredited JTAC Simulator as a Private Venture – Lessons Learned." This presentation will describe the two-year joint and privately funded effort by MetaVR and Battlespace Simulations to develop a JTAC and Call-for-Fire simulator. (See item #36.B.)

  Cessna Over KASE 36.D

MetaVR Visuals in FAA Synthetic Vision Simulation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) uses VRSG in two of its out-the-window general aviation flight simulators to support human factors research related to synthetic vision systems at the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) within the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, Oklahoma City.

Since 2010, the FAA has purchased 10 VRSG licenses for use in its Advanced General Aviation Research simulator (with a Piper Malibu configuration) and the Very Light Jet simulator (with a Cessna 510 Citation Mustang configuration). These simulators are used to study and test landing on runways with limited human out-the-window vision with the aid of synthetic vision. The VRSG licenses were acquired concurrently with the FAA’s purchase of nine geo specific virtual airfields built by Simthetiq, and delivered in MetaVR’s round-earth Metadesic terrain format for visualizing in VRSG.

A synthetic vision system, as defined by NASA, is "an aircraft cockpit display technology that presents the visual environment external to the aircraft using computer-generated imagery in a manner analogous to how it would appear to the pilot if forward visibility were not restricted".

  OH-58D 36.E

MetaVR VRSG in Manned Unmanned
Operations (MUMO) Simulation Laboratory

In May 2012, Bell Helicopter, a Textron company, purchased 7 MetaVR visual systems and full sets of North America and Asia Metadesic terrain for an OH-58 Kiowa Warrior simulation facility located in the brand new Manned Unmanned Operations Capability Development Laboratory (MUMO CDL) in Huntsville, AL. The laboratory is adjacent to, and operationally connected to, AAI’s Shadow Tactical UAS hardware-in-the-loop system integration lab. The new laboratory will provide a high-fidelity interoperable MUMO simulation environment to support individual operator requirements for UAS and helicopter mission crew requirements, and extend the future capability of the Kiowa Warrior. The lab’s purpose is to support the US Army objectives for manned/unmanned UAS operations by advancing the manned/unmanned capability from inside the helicopter cockpit.

Currently, the actual Kiowa Warrior helicopter supports Level of Interoperability (LOI) 2 with UAS platforms control; it can receive UAS payload data and act as a radio relay. Advancing its capabilities to LOI 3 (control the UAS camera and sensors), and eventually to LOI 4 (control the UAS’s flight path and weapon systems) will increase the efficiency and situational awareness of teamed missions and aid the UAS operator. The MUMO simulation lab currently simulates LOI 2 and will be able to eventually prototype increasingly advanced control of a UAS from the helicopter prior to being fielded in real-world systems. As well, the simulation lab enables significantly lower cost evaluations of existing interoperability capabilities, such as those demonstrated by Manned Unmanned Systems Integration Capability (MUSIC) exercises conducted with live assets.

The Kiowa Warrior simulator uses 5 VRSG channels to provide a 245° x 63° FOV out-the-window display, and 2 VRSG channels for onboard sensors or alternatively, 1 channel for onboard sensors and 1 channel for a chase plane (third-person) view. The MetaVR simulated UAS payload video is streamed with KLV meta data from AAI’s co-located lab to the helicopter cockpit to simulate LOI 2 which enables the pilot see the camera payload from the UAV in the helicopter cockpit.

MetaVR visuals will be included in a demonstration by Textron at AUSA 2012 Annual Meeting and Exposition, to be held October 22-24, 2012. The demo in Booth #7628 will feature a live collaboration between Bell Helicopter’s Kiowa Warrior simulator (located at the new lab in Huntsville, AL) and AAI’s UGCS in the Textron booth. (See item #36.F.)

  MetaVR News 36.F

MetaVR at Recent and Upcoming Conferences and
Trade Shows

NATO FAC/CAS Conference - MetaVR demonstrated its products and technology at the 2012 NATO FAC/CAS Conference held October 16-18, 2012, at the Edelweiss Conference Center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. MetaVR demonstrated its portable JTAC simulator using the VRSG-BSI MACE solution.

AUSA 2012 Annual Meeting and Exposition - MetaVR visuals will be featured during a Textron Systems demonstration in Booth #7628 at AUSA 2012, to be held October 22-24, 2012, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC. During its Tactical Operations Center demonstration, Textron Systems will demonstrate collaboration between Bell Helicopter’s Kiowa Warrior simulator located in Huntsville, AL, and AAI’s UAS Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS). The OH58-D Kiowa Warrior simulator uses MetaVR’s multi-channel VRSG technology to provide a full out-the-window display, and is capable of LOI 2 interoperability with UAS platforms. AAI’s UGCS uses VRSG to simulate UAV payload video from the Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System. The demonstration will feature a mission thread centered on MetaVR's high-resolution Afghanistan 3D terrain. (See item #36.E.)

Close Air Support Conference and Exhibition - MetaVR is the lead sponsor of the annual Close Air Support Conference and Exhibition, to be held November 5 - 7, 2012, at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. (See item #36.C.)

I/ITSEC 2012 - MetaVR will exhibit its products and technology in Booth #1229 at I/ITSEC 2012, which will be held December 3 - 6, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.

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