King Crow Studios was selected as one of six recipients of a $1-million contract from the United States Air Force for their training and simulation application. The contracts were awarded at the inaugural Simulators Pitch Day in December, part of the Interservice/Industry, Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), which was the third and final pitch event orchestrated by the U.S. Air Force as part of their efforts to find and contract with companies that don’t typically do government work.
King Crow Studios’ software will give Air Force pilots a virtual reality (VR)-based training program to learn advanced combat tactics, proper safety procedures and more. In August 2019, the company was awarded a $50,000 phase one grant from the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research program to design VR prototypes for Air Force training.
The company had developed a similar software training tool for ExxonMobil last year to better prepare operators for crane lifts as part of the expansion project at the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge polyolefins plant.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with the Air Force on this project. The fact that they’ve reached outside their typical pool of contract companies to find innovative approaches to their training procedures is really a testament to how far technology has come,” said Cody Louviere, founder and CEO of King Crow Studios. “We’re grateful not only to the Air Force for giving us this contract, but also to the Louisiana Technology Park for providing us with the opportunity to make the connections which led to this.”
King Crow Studios has been partnering with a local firm called Precision Procurement Solutions to make these pitches – a partnership which was born from an introduction at the Louisiana Technology Park.