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.
VR-Engage comes with VT MÄK’s built-in CameraFX module that lets you control blur, noise, gain, color and other camera or sensor post-processing effects. The optional SensorFX add-on can be used to increase the fidelity of an IR scene. SensorFX models the physics of light and its response to various materials and the environment, as well as the dynamic thermal response of engines, wheels and more.