VT MÄK added a new role - a Sensor Operator to its VR-Engage multi-role virtual simulator. VR-Engage lets you play the role of a first-person human character; a vehicle driver, gunner or commander; or the pilot of an airplane or helicopter – and now – a Sensor Operator.
Using the new Sensor Operator capability, a VR-Engage user can perform common surveillance and reconnaissance tasks such as tracking fixed and moving targets using a simulated E/O camera or IR sensor, with configurable informational overlays.
VR-Engage has built-in support for HLA/ DIS radios, allowing sensor operators to communicate with pilots, ground personnel, or other trainees or role players using standard headsets. VR-Engage’s new Sensor Operator capability can fit into a larger simulation environment in a number of ways to help meet a variety of training and experimentation requirements:
- Attach a gimbaled sensor to any DIS or HLA entity, such as a UAV, ship, or manned aircraft - even if the entity itself is simulated by an existing 3rd party application.
- When VR-Engage is used in conjunction with VR-Forces CGF, a role player can take manual control of a camera or sensor that has been configured on a VR-Forces entity.
- For a full UAV Ground Control Station, use VR-Forces GUI to “pilot” the aircraft by assigning waypoints, routes, and missions while using VR-Engage’s Sensor Operator capability to control and view the sensor on a second screen.
- Execute a multi-crew aircraft simulation using two copies of VR-Engage - one for the pilot to fly the aircraft using a standard HOTAS device or gamepad and a second for the Sensor Operator.
- Place fixed or user-controllable remote cameras directly onto the terrain, and stream the resulting simulated video into real security applications or command and control systems using open standards like H.264 or MPEG4.