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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Taking a Look All Around

InterSense's IS-900 inertial-acoustic helmet tracking system
Photo: InterSense Inc.
InterSense's IS-900 inertial-acoustic helmet tracking system is being used in flight simulator programs in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, Air Force and Air Force National Guard. The orders were received from Link Simulation and Training.
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InterSense Inc. (Bedford, MA) received additional orders from Link Simulation and Training (Arlington, TX) to deliver helmet tracking systems required by flight simulator programs for the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, U.S. Army and Army National Guard.

The orders support Link's contracts for the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard F-16s on the U.S. Air Force F-16 Aircrew Training Devices (ATD) Program; the U.S. Army Flight School XXI Simulation Services contract; and additional systems for the U.S. Army and Army National Guard AVCATT Program.

The F-16 ATD program uses Link's SimuSphere 360-degree display system with the InterSense IS-900 tracking system seamlessly integrated into the base of the SimuSphere display. InterSense's helmet tracking assures that the pilot maintains correct head position for viewing the F-16's Heads Up Display (HUD) during normal operations. The F-16 ATD program aids in nighttime flight training using tracked, simulated night vision goggles (NVGs). In the F-16 ATD program, precision helmet tracking enables Link's image generators to render realistic image information to the simulated NVG in synchronization with both the pilot's head and the aircraft flight motion. For F-16 ATD simulators, a standard InterSense MiniTrax Helmet Tracker is mounted to the pilot's helmet. These simulators are being installed at U.S. Air Force bases worldwide.

The Flight School XXI Simulation Services program trains U.S. Army active, reserve and National Guard aircrews operating the Army's UH-60A/L Black Hawk, CH-47D Chinook, AH-64 Apache, AH-64D Apache Longbow, and OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter platforms. The training system utilizes InterSense's IS-900 technology with a custom helmet mounted tracker, initially developed to support the U.S. Army's AVCATT program. Initial installations for the Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, AL, occurred in March, with additional installations continuing through September 2008.

Link also placed additional orders to support new deliveries for the U.S. Army and National Guard AVCATT Program. The AVCATT Program uses InterSense's IS-900 tracking system in all of its mobile, reconfigurable, rotary wing and simulator trailers. Delivery of the tracking systems to support Link's AVCATT system production will take place this year.



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