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SDS Awarded Contract By USAF To Enhance MQ-1 Predator Training System

by Staff Writers
Brooks City TX (SPX) Nov 12, 2007
SDS International (SDS) has been tasked to provide enhanced capabilities to the SDS-produced PC-based MQ-1 Predator training system delivered to the USAF's 311th Performance Enhancement Directorate, Brooks City-Base, Texas. SDS International's Advanced Technologies Division, Orlando, Florida delivered a MQ-1 Predator version (including pilot and sensor operator stations) of its low-cost, high fidelity PC-based Remotely Operated Vehicle Adaptable Tracking/Training System (ROVATTS) simulator line to Brooks in 2006.

The ROVATTS- Predator simulator incorporates
+ a high fidelity MQ-1 aerodynamics package (including critical landing/turbulence/control-delay affects)
+ various head-up-displays (HUDs)
+ and Electro-Optical/Infra-Red Sensor displays portrayed on high-fidelity terrain scenes provided by SDS' AAcuity(r) PC-IG.

The system also includes an operator control station with fully functioning head-down-display (variable information tables and menu button interfaces), map tracking displays, record/playback capabilities, and data-capture/analysis capabilities.

The ROVATTS- Predator simulator provides a realistic environment to support USAF aerospace research efforts to assess the unique physiological, psychological, cognitive, and environmental stresses inherent in remotely piloted aircraft operations.

Under this current contract, SDS will provide additional capabilities to the ROVATTS- Predator simulator, including an enhanced capability to evaluate the performance effectiveness of Warfighter-recommended predictive HUD symbology and the ability to realistically simulate control lags experienced when using SATCOM to control operational Predator missions.

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