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Virtual Target Ranges at Fallon Range Training Complex

Virtual Target Ranges at Fallon Range Training Complex

VIRTUAL TARGET RANGES AT FALLON RANGE TRAINING COMPLEX

MetaVR has built geospecific 2 cm per-pixel resolution 3D terrain of two target ranges on the Fallon Range Training Complex (FRTC) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon, NV. This terrain is suitable for applications such as naval aviator range familiarization and close air support training. The Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC) at NAS Fallon, uses MetaVR Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) in its Combined Arms Virtual Environment (CAVE) training system built and installed by Battlespace Simulations.

The close correlation between the live range and the virtual terrain of the range provides an enhanced training experience for warfighters in the immersive simulator through exercises that closely resemble reality. Live FA-18E aircraft outfitted with air combat maneuvering instrumentation (ACMI), as depicted in the model in the VRSG scene above, can be used to transmit live data feeds to depict the aircraft in the Navy's CAVE simulator to combine live and virtual aspects of training.

The 2 cm per pixel imagery of the B-17 and B-19 ranges covers 66 sq km and was captured by MetaVR's small UAV, the MetaVRC. The MetaVRC was built and flown by Swift Radioplanes in military controlled air space. With both the imagery and NED 10 meter elevation data, MetaVR compiled full-resolution (2 cm) terrain tiles of the ranges in round-earth Metadesic format with MetaVR Terrain Tools for Esri® ArcGIS®. The 2 cm area area is blended with MetaVR's CONUS++ terrain, which was built with 1 meter per pixel terrain imagery and DTED-1 elevation data.

Virtual terrain created with 2 cm resolution imagery is critical for real-time simulation; details such as helicopter landing areas, vehicle targets, and small craters left from exploded ordnance are visible on the terrain and bullet holes are visible on targets. In addition to providing high-fidelity visual cues of geographic locations and target sites, the real-time imagery classification of 2 cm imagery results in high-resolution physics-based sensor views.The scenario was created in VRSG Scenario Editor.

The Fallon terrain dataset is available on MetaVR’s CONUS++ Southwestern region 3D terrain. The CONUS++ 3D terrain, in round-earth Metadesic format, is available for purchase to all MetaVR customers who are on active VRSG software maintenance and are US Government agencies or contractors (for official use only). The terrain can be viewed with a valid VRSG software license with valid software maintenance.