LUKE AFB INSTALLS NIGHT VISION GOGGLE SIMULATION.Silicon Graphics (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :SGI (SGI, Sunnyvale, CA, www.sgi.com) A manufacturer of workstations and servers, founded in 1982 by Jim Clark. The company was founded as Silicon Graphics, Inc., but changed to its acronym in 1999. ), Mountain View, Calif., has announced that a high-fidelity Night Vision Goggle gog·gle
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NVG New Ventures Group ) simulation system has been successfully developed and fielded at Luke Air Force Base Luke Air Force Base (IATA: LUF, ICAO: KLUF) is a large Air Force Base located west of Phoenix on the outskirts of the city of Glendale, Arizona.
It has eight squadrons of F-16 Fighting Falcons and it is used to train pilots flying Sorties at Barry M. in Glendale, Ariz., a U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command Air Education and Training Command (AETC) was established July 1, 1993, with the realignment of Air Training Command and Air University. It is one of ten major commands (MAJCOMs), reporting to Headquarters, United States Air Force (HQ USAF). facility. The NVG simulation system, powered by an SGI(R) visualization system, has been integrated into existing F-16 flight simulators that are also powered by SGI.
The Air Education and Training Command identified NVG training as a high priority for pilots who fly the Air Force's primary fighter aircraft fighter aircraft
Aircraft designed primarily to secure control of essential airspace by destroying enemy aircraft in combat. Designed for high speed and maneuverability, they are armed with weapons capable of striking other aircraft in flight. , the F-16 Fighting Falcon The F-16 Fighting Falcon is an American multirole jet fighter aircraft developed by General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin for the United States Air Force. Designed as a lightweight fighter, it evolved into a successful multirole aircraft. . To address this urgent training requirement, SGI teamed with Lockheed Martin Services Inc. and MultiGen-Paradigm to provide the F-16 Networked Training Center at Luke Air Force Base with a high-fidelity NVG training capability that realistically and precisely simulates what F-16 pilots actually see through night-vision goggles goggles,
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"The seamless integration of the high-fidelity NVG simulation system with our existing F-16 flight simulators has greatly increased the flight safety and mission effectiveness of F-16 pilots. This provides us with the highest fidelity F-16 full-mission training system for day, night, and all-weather operations," said Major Jonathan Beasley, program manager, Networked Training Center -- Luke (NTC-L) at Luke Air Force Base.
Luke Air Force Base, which is located about 20 miles northwest of Phoenix, is the primary U.S. Air Force training facility for F-16 fighter pilots, who now regularly train to use night-vision goggles, which have been utilized in recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, flying with night-vision goggles is no easy task for F-16 pilots. A pilot's depth perception suffers when they wear night-vision goggles because there is no peripheral vision peripheral vision
Vision produced by light rays falling on areas of the retina beyond the macula. Also called indirect vision.
Peripheral vision and the goggles have a 40-degree circular field of vision. Consequently, pilots have to continually turn their heads to see to the sides. Night vision goggles, which are sensitive to the slightest amount of light, work off ambient light from the moon, stars and city lights, while excessive light can blind a pilot.
"This new NVG simulation system simultaneously processes 3D graphics, 2D imagery and even subtle visual effects such as lunar shading," said Major Beasley. "Thus far, the system has demonstrated world-class performance and is currently being integrated into our training syllabi syl·la·bi
A plural of syllabus. . We are very excited about this new technology; it gives our pilots the ability to train realistically for nighttime missions and enhances safety by allowing new students to see visual illusions inherent to NVG operations prior to getting into the jet."
To prepare F-16 pilots for the challenges of NVG flight, they go through an intensive training program at Luke Air Force Base in which they train solely on the night vision goggles for three to four weeks, immersing themselves in academics, simulators and actual flight sorties using the goggles. The F-16 flight simulators, powered by Silicon Graphics(R) Onyx(R) family of graphics supercomputers, are a critical part of the NVG training program, providing a safe and cost-effective virtual environment for pilots to hone their goggle skills before flying an F-16 using NVGs.
SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE:SGI) , is a leader in high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland security and defense, or enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif.
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