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MetaVR Visuals and SUAS in UAS Simulation Lab at Mohawk Valley Community College

Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) Utica, NY, campus is using MetaVR's visuals and donated small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in its new state-of-the-art flight simulation and training lab built for the college’s new Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems degree program. In 2016, MVCC purchased 6 VRSG licenses and 6 Battlespace Simulations' (BSI's) Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE) licenses for desktop pilot and sensor operator training stations in the lab, which was unveiled in the Fall 2016 curriculum. As part of the software delivery, MetaVR donated to MVCC a MetaVRC, the company's small UAS used for imagery collection.

Field training at MVCC on the SUAS donated by MetaVR, provided by Swift Radioplanes in August. Photo courtesy of Swift Radioplanes.
Field training at MVCC on the aerial imagery collection SUAS donated by MetaVR. Training provided by Swift Radioplanes in August 2016. Photo courtesy of Brian Judycki at MVCC.

Students will hone their operation and flight skills in the UAS simulation lab as part of MVCC's brand new Small UAS (SUAS) Associates of Applied Science degree program. The lab consists of five student stations, an instructor station, and a 3D terrain server. (The instructor station enables an instructor to make dynamic inputs into the students’ scenarios. The instructor station is configured so it can also be used as a student station.) The terrain server runs MetaVR 3D terrain, including CONUS++ Northeast region. MVCC purchased all new hardware for the lab where students learn mission planning and operations, and flight skills.

MVCC's new UAS simulation lab at Utica campus with MetaVR and BSI software.
Detail of UAS simulation lab for the new SUAS degree program at MVCC Utica campus. Setup includes 5 student stations and 1 instructor station, running BSI MACE (shown on the left monitor) and MetaVR VRSG (on the right monitor). Photo courtesy of Battlespace Simulations.

MVCC's new Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems degree curriculum features day and night classes, online and classroom instruction, hands-on labs, and field experience. Within the interdisciplinary curriculum, students also learn to design and build SUAS by exploring modeling and fabrication in the school's fabrication lab, drafting and design using AutoCAD, electronics, mechanics, and software programming.

MVCC's new UAS simulation lab at Utica campus with MetaVR and BSI software.
Demonstration of MetaVR and BSI's software on a student station in the new simulation and training lab. Photo courtesy of Battlespace Simulations.

The launch of this Associates of Applied Science degree program follows the MVCC's receipt of FAA section 333 exemption. The exemption permits the college to fly their SUAS over educational institutions for the purposes of conducting aerial photography, videography, inspections, surveying, closed-set motion picture filming, and search and rescue operations.

MVCC's new UAS simulation lab at Utica campus with MetaVR and BSI software.
UAS simulation lab at MVCC Utica campus, with 5 student stations and 1 instructor station, all running MetaVR VRSG and BSI MACE. Photo courtesy of Battlespace Simulations.

Upon completion of the two-year degree program, graduates will be prepared for rapidly developing SUAS career opportunities as pilots, sensor operators, and mission team members in a variety of fields, including disaster and emergency management, law enforcement/search and rescue, forestry and environmental research,  photography and videography, geographic information systems, and more.

Field training in August prior to launching the SUAS which MetaVR donated to MVCC. Photo courtesy of Swift Radioplanes.
Field training provided by Swift Radioplanes on the SUAS donated by MetaVR. Photo courtesy of Brian Judycki at MVCC.

The imagery collection SUAS that MetaVR donated to MVCC was built by Swift Radioplanes for autonomous aerial surveying at low altitudes. The aircraft takes high-resolution still-frame images, which MetaVR then orthorectifies and uses to build sub-inch resolution 3D terrain for rendering in VRSG. In August, Swift Radioplanes provided field training to two professors in the SUAS program on the SUAS. Students will use the SUAS as they learn about long range mapping and autonomous missions.

Pre-flight checks on the GCS computer during field training in August prior to launching the SUAS which MetaVR donated to the college. Photo courtesy of Swift Radioplanes.
Pre-flight checks on the GCS computer during field training provided by Swift Radioplanes in August prior to launching the SUAS donated by MetaVR. Photo courtesy of Swift Radioplanes.

 

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