U.S. Army Redstone Apache Simulator

US Army Redstone DTCC AH-64D/E Simulator

ZedaSoft, Inc. provided an Apache (AH-64D) simulator running ZedaSoft’s CBA® for Simulation software framework as well as ZedaSoft simulation hardware products.  The Apache simulator is used to support testing activities of related aviation and communication systems. This fully integrated solution was delivered and installed in 2017 at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Distributed Test Control Center (DTCC), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
The pilot’s station is based on ZedaSoft’s Reconfigurable Cockpit System (RCS), which has been customized to a realistic AH-64D configuration. The cockpit includes a Bihrle Applied Research high fidelity flight model that matches the aircraft’s performance, a control loading system from Simulation and Control Technologies (SCT), discrete and analog signal conversion boards from United Electronic Industries (UEI) and representative touch-screen multi-function displays (MFDs). Simulated radio and intercom functions are provided by the sonomarc® communications framework from PLEXSYS Interface Products. The visual system is 120 degree horizontal and 60 degree vertical out-the-window LED visual display with a five channel virtual reality scene generator (VRSG®) system provided by MetaVR®.

The copilot/gunner station is based on ZedaSoft’s Reconfigurable Desktop System (RDS) customized with realistic TEDAC grips provided by Bugeye Technologies. The system testing is controlled through ZedaSoft’s Experimenter/Operator Station (EOS).

ZedaSoft, Inc. also provided a low cost Helmet-Mounted Sight (HMS) upgrade to the Apache (AH-64D) simulator running ZedaSoft’s CBA® for Simulation software framework on integrated simulator hardware. The HMS upgrade includes ZedaSoft integration of an SA Photonics SA-62/H Augmented Reality head-mounted display, which is mounted on a standard Apache IHADSS helmet.  The SA-62/S provides color 62 degree diagonal field of view at a video resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels per lens.  The pilot’s head tracking is provided by a Thales Visionix InterSense IS-900.  The MicroTrax™ head tracker unit is mounted on top of the IHADSS helmet and the SoniWing™ sensors are mounted over the pilot’s seat. A MetaVR™ Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) channel is added to provide the simulated infrared sensor image that replicates the Pilot Night Vision Sensor (PNVS) system capabilities.

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