U.S. Space Force is getting an immersive space sim training tool built in part by the VFX studio behind 'The Mandalorian'
The US Space Force will obviously not be able to train most of its service personnel in real space. So the relatively new arm of the American Defense Forces hired Slingshot Aerospace to work with The Third Floor, a Hollywood VFX company, to create a VR space simulation company that worked on blockbusters like Gravity, The Martian, and The Mandalorian. The aim is to generate a simulator that can simulate real physics and provide interactive training functions for the Space Force.
In total, the partners received $ 2 million to develop the Sim, including a $ 1 million contract from the Space Force itself and $ 1 million in funding from ATX Venture Partners. The end result is known as the "Slingshot Orbital Laboratory" and is intended to provide Space Force members with a better understanding of how objects and spacecraft function and behave in the unique theater of space.
"Space operators need to understand complex concepts like astrodynamics, the effects of various objects in orbit, and maneuvering spacecraft between other objects in space. All of these require more adaptable, interactive and tailored teaching aids than what we are currently using." said Col. Max Lantz, commander of the US Air Force's National Security Space Institute, in a press release. "Building an immersive environment to foster a better understanding of these fundamental theories will be critical to supporting the Space Force."
Slingshot Aerospace, a provider of data analysis, tools and computer vision related to aerospace and terrestrial intelligence, will take care of all of the IT components of the system, while The Third Floor will take care of the immersive visual elements. The laboratory is intended to be an easy-to-use tool with the aim of creating an end product accessible to service members with any level of education and technical understanding.
Anyone else get Ender's Game Battle Room vibe from this announcement?
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