F-35 Cockpit Simulator Demos Haptic Glove Capabilities for Aerospace Applications

Haptics and VR training for pilot training and aerospace offers flexibility for military and commercial sectors

Here are some insights we have gathered through our talks with aerospace industry personnel across the country that served as a catalyst to create this demo.

  • Hands-on familiarization with the cockpit and controls is essential for operating the aircraft and flight safety for both military as well as commercial aviation.
  • Physical 1:1 simulators are extremely costly on a per unit basis, and as the aircraft loadout changes, often the controls do as well. This is even more common in military applications, and the F-35 in particular has 3 of its own variations for each respective branch of the military where it is used. Each time a change or adaptation is made to the actual aircraft, the physical simulator may become obsolete or need reconfiguring.
  • In addition to training new pilots, VR training can be used to train an experienced pilot on different aircraft without having to be relocated to a physical simulator or aircraft. Rather, the training module can be easily shipped to her/him enabling more opportunity for training at the point of need.
  • Aircraft are expensive, and most organizations would prefer to keep their aircraft in service. By moving to VR training for initial familiarization with the cockpit, organizations can boost efficiency with their fleet and reduce the risk of damaged simulators or aircraft.
  • Air Force is currently experiencing a lack of trained pilots due to the commercial aviation industry’s ability to pay higher salaries. Virtual reality training and demos can be used to not only assist in training new pilots but also as a recruitment tool to discover new talent.
  • Haptic gloves allow for organizations to simulate the hands-on dexterity that is usually learned through repetition with a physical simulator or actual aircraft. Developing procedural, spatial and dextral awareness of the aircraft is absolutely essential for all pilots, especially for those operating an aircraft such as an F-35.
  • The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has further exacerbated the problem of airline efficiency. As each airline has seen a decline in revenue due to the lack of travel, they are looking at any way to cut costs. By offering a virtual training solution that can be shipped anywhere around the world, hands-on VR cockpit training offers a way for these companies to continue training while reducing the cost and risk of travel in a pandemic era.

Rapid haptic glove integration with the F-35 cockpit using the VRgluv SDK

Adding VRgluv haptic glove interactive capabilities to the virtual cockpit asset was simple. By using a pre-existing F-35 cockpit model from the internet, our development team quickly cut the meshes and added the necessary joints and colliders to all the surfaces. Then using the VRgluv SDK, the haptic glove capabilities were added using our drag-and-drop interface.

From concept inception to finishing the demo seen in the video, our developers spent a total of 12 working hours on this project. The majority of that time was spent editing the pre-existing 3D models.

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