3D perception was awarded a contract in September for an Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulator display to be installed in Singapore. Under the contract 3DP will install a Northstar™ immersive visual display. One of the overarching goals of this simulation program is to undertake research in Air Traffic Control and Management techniques to increase airspace capacity and enhance the safety and efficiency of the growing air traffic the region.
The Northstar immersive visual display is a part of a significant investment in training and research in order to remain in the forefront of finding more effective ways to manage air traffic in Singapore and the Asia Pacific.
The 360-degree immersion theatre provides an on-scene view to researchers working with an extensive Air Traffic Control simulator suite. The multi-projector, large field-of-view display provides researchers with engagement into a multitude of realtime situations contributing to the development of innovative solutions to enhance Air Traffic Control and Management in in the region.
Three leading companies in the USA Simulation industry – Q4 Services, 3D perception, and RPA Electronic Solutions – have joined forces to upgrade the US Navy P-3C Orion Simulators with cutting-edge technology capable of one arc minute of accuracy.
Orlando-based Q4 Services were awarded the contract following their successful completion of the 2011 SBIR program. Q4 was supported by 3D perception and RPA to integrate RPA’s automated alignment scanner with 3D perception’s renowned image processing solutions to provide, StarScan, a world class complete visual alignment solution, for the US Navy’s current Simulator contract.
Using their technical expertise and well-established resources Q4 assisted RPA and 3D perception to develop StarScan through the successful SBIR program. StarScan uses high-resolution optical sensors to perform 360-degree, three-dimensional screen measurements resulting in a precise 3D map of the screen surface. This is live-linked to 3DP’s UTM display processor, where the measurement data is processed, and geometric warping and blending is applied to raw source visuals.
Tiffany Stewart, Project Manager for the P-3C NAVAIR program of Q4 Services LLC said: “The upgrading of multiple P-3C Orion Simulators has proved to be highly successful, and a welcome improvement for the Navy pilots and maintenance staff. Working closely with RPA and 3DP has resulted in a significant life extension for these elderly simulators.”
Rick Pray, President of RPA said: “It is fitting that our laser scanner, developed under a US Navy R&D initiative, has been used in a US Navy program at this early stage as part of the 3D perception and RPA support for Q4.”
Knut Krogstad, CEO of 3D perception said: “The 3D perception and RPA systems merge perfectly with one another, playing upon the strengths of both designs, providing the most accurate automated alignment system available for critical applications where absolute placement of visual imagery is required. We are delighted to have been able to support Q4 Services in this successful program.”
A spokesman for NAVAIR said: “The collaborative work undertaken by the team has been deemed a success. The result will significantly reduce the time and labor required for maintenance of NAVAIR’s collimated display flight trainers.”
3D perception is delighted to announce that it has been chosen to supply its industry-recognised image processing equipment to Pilatus Aircraft Ltd of Stans, Switzerland, as part of their major contract with the Indian Air Force.
Oslo-based 3DP is to supply five turn-key visual display systems that will form an integral part of Pilatus’ flight simulator deliveries for the ground-based training package to be installed at two different locations in India by May 2015.
The contract with Pilatus comprises visual display systems for two Full Mission Simulator training devices and three Cockpit Procedure Trainers. The units will be used for the training of military pilots and will supplement the air-based training using the Pilatus PC-7 MkII aircraft.
Knut Krogstad, 3DP CEO said: “Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is recognised as a world leader in the manufacture of pilot training aircraft and we are delighted to have been invited to work with them once again – this time on delivering their major contract to the Indian Air Force.”
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd said: “We have chosen 3DP as the supplier of the Visual Display System for the Indian Air Force simulators because they have proven to have the premium industry standard image processing equipment as well as the ability to deliver turn-key systems.”
3D perception is pleased to announce that its modular screen technology has been selected by Montreal-based CAE for its CH-147F Chinook gunnery trainer.
The CH-147F gunnery trainer is one of the training devices to be delivered by CAE to Canadian Forces Base Petawawa as part of the comprehensive CH-147F training systems being developed under the Operational Training Systems Provider (OTSP) program, which CAE leads as the prime contractor.
This modular screen technology is well established in the simulation market and can provide the exceptionally high vertical field-of-view needed by the Canada’s Department of National Defence for the CH-147F gunnery trainer.
Knut Krogstad, 3DP CEO said: “CAE is a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies and integrated training solutions and 3DP is delighted to be working with them once again on their Chinook gunnery trainer for the Canadian Forces. “This is an exciting cooperation between our two companies and sets new standards in the simulation and training industry.”
Two leading players in the display technology industry have joined forces to produce an innovative integrated solution system which generates a screen image within one arc minute of accuracy.
Norway-based 3D perception and RPA Electronic Solutions of the USA have combined to integrate RPA’s automated alignment scanner with 3D perception’s renowned image processing solutions to provide a world class complete visual alignment solution.
StarScan uses high-resolution optical sensors to perform 360-degree, three-dimensional screen measurements resulting in a precise 3D map of the screen surface.
This is live-linked to 3DP’s nBox display processor, where the measurement data is processed and geometric warping and blending is applied to raw source visuals. The result is a precision-aligned, seamless image, projected onto any screen shape or size. The system can also act as an installation aid, providing real-time measurements of distance to various points on the screen in order to ensure accurate placement.
Visual sensors include a high resolution optics system which measures test points to better than one arc minute of accuracy as well as optional colour sensing devices to perform colour matching across all display devices within the visual system. A visible spectrum laser rangefinder provides screen surface scanning and measurement to produce 3D screen maps.
Knut Krogstad, CEO of 3D perception said: “The 3D perception and RPA systems merge perfectly with one another, playing upon the strengths of both designs, providing the most accurate automated alignment system available for critical applications where absolute placement of visual imagery is required. Three dimensional maps produced by the system can be used for alignment as well as display specification verification.”
Rick Pray, President of RPA said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with 3D perception to produce this exciting new visualization automatic calibration system.
The alignment system can also act as an installation aid, providing real time measurements of distance to various points on the screen size and shape in order to ensure accurate placement.”
3DP will introduce StarScan at the ITEC simulation industry show in London, 22-24 May 2012.