A cross-platform design toolkit with open 3D graphics standards (VRML/X3D) for supporting Visual Landing Aid (VLA) design and evaluation activity has been developed for the Navy. Inclusion of proper photometry and colorimetry metrics permits PC-based evaluation of VLA systems under all Navy operational conditions. The software includes demonstrated dynamic 3D modeling features and night-vision rendering capability that immediately benefits ship upgrades and new ship designs, and can enhance flight simulation environments for operations planning, pre-test prediction and training.

  • Interactive placement and configuration of VLA components within 3D environment
  • Accurate rendering of environmental and physical lighting effects
  • Supports multiple dynamic viewpoints of the same scene
  • Interfaces to Matlab provide quantitative metric extraction from evaluation sessions

  • Ship lighting system design and evaluation
  • Runway/airport design and operational support
  • Shipboard operation analysis and training
  • Flight event reconstruction and mission rehearsal

Pilot eye-point view of approach to DD(X) flightdeck at dusk.

VLA Toolkit rendering of SH-60 approaching DDG-963 with electro-luminescent panels.

Sponsored in by Navair Patuxent River.
TPOC: Dean Carico (Navair) (301) 342-1382

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