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Navy gets new flight simulator technology

November 29th, 2016 at 7:27 PM

The U.S. Navy’s latest flight simulator technology will be found among the exhibits at this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) taking place in Orlando this week, according to an announcement by NVIDIA.

Together with virtual reality (VR) creator Mass Virtual, NVIDIA said the technology runs its Quadro graphics processing unit (GPU) and uses Mass Virtual’s Virtual Attain platform. The end result is a VR simulation that puts pilots in the cockpit of a F-18 fighter jet. Pilots are put through paces and have to determine whether or not an aggressor aircraft is nearby using sounds coming from the cockpit’s radar.

NVIDIA wrote that virtual reality training provides soldiers with various realistic combat situations.


Further, “one virtual reality station can train a soldier for multiple scenarios such as driving a tank, reacting under gun fire or reloading a rocket launcher,” wrote NVIDIA, adding that the use of virtual reality in training is highly efficient and cost effective for military organizations.

John Brooks, CEO and founder of Mass Virtual said in a press release on NVIDIA’s website, “When you can achieve suspension of disbelief in a virtual environment, a user has much longer retention of what they’ve learned.”

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