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F-16 Collision Avoidance/Risk Reduction Simulation

F-16 Collision Avoidance/Risk Reduction Simulation


Zedasoft's 3-channel F-16 simulator delivered to Lockheed Martin Aero ADP for collision avoidance simulation.

The Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (LM Aero) Advanced Development Programs (ADP) "Skunkworks" group uses ZedaSoft's three-screen reconfigurable F-16 simulator system in the Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology (ACAT) Fighter Risk Reduction Program (FRRP). This simulator, which uses MetaVR's Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) software, is used as a simulated ground station.

This Zedasoft simulator was a follow-on to the dual-dome reconfigurable F-16 simulator system the company previously delivered to LM Aero ADP group, which also uses MetaVR visuals and was also for the ACAT/FRRP. The ACAT FRRP program has two components; Air Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) and Ground Collision Avoidance System (GCAS). The dual dome system is used primarily in support of ACAS.

ACAT/FRRP is a follow-on phase to the Aviation Week Laureate award winning Ground Collision Avoidance System (GCAS) program developed with the U.S Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. This new phase will test similar automatic collision avoidance technologies between USAF fighter aircraft.

Zedasoft's dual-dome solution provides two F-16C Reconfigurable Cockpit Systems (RCS) in high resolution large field-of-view display and projection systems and visual scene rendering software from MetaVR.

The portable dual dome system uses VRSG to render the dome visual scene content. As part of the system MetaVR has provided a 3D terrain database comprised of satellite terrain imagery for the entire continental United States (CONUS++) at 1-meter resolution with higher resolution insets for Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Edwards AFB, and Fort Worth Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NASJRB) areas.

The 3.4 meter diameter dome leverages existing joint development between MetaVR and IDSI, which uses the same technology as in the AFRL F-16 DTT partial dome simulators.

Zedasoft's dual-dome simulation solution provides the balance of lower overall costs with a small 16’ x 32’ footprint installed under a 10’ ceiling.  The dome screen provides a 270 degree horizontal by +120 degree/-30 degree vertical field of view.  This extended vertical field-of-view allows simulator pilots to look up 30 degrees past vertical while providing a 2.5 arc-minutes per pixel high resolution image.

Illustration of the dual dome reconfigurable F-16 simulator system. (Illustration courtesy of ZedaSoft.)
Virtual Nellis AFB runway
Virtual Nellis AFB ramp
Comparison of a publicly available photo from the Internet of F-16 ACAT in flight over Edwards Air Force Base (left)  with a VRSG real-time scene featuring MetaVR's F-16 ACAT model in flight over virtual Edwards Air Force Base.
Rendering of the dome system courtesy of ZedaSoft.