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Blended Reality for Live, Virtual, and Constructive Field Training

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-17-P-6856
Agency Tracking Number: F17A-011-0056
Amount: $149,996.34
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17A-T011
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-06-01
Small Business Information
120 Knowles Dr.
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States
DUNS: 119301831
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Michael Browne
 General Manager, Vision Products
 (408) 560-3500
Business Contact
 Andrea Singewald
Phone: (970) 778-2353
Research Institution
 University of Central Florida
 Prof. Gregory Welch, Ph.D.
 (407) 796-2823
 Nonprofit College or University

A Battlefield Airman (BA) has one of the most challenging positions in the military. BA personnel are tasked with the dual roles of being warfighters as well as Combat Controllers, Pararescuemen, Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) members and Special Operations Weather Technicians often while behind enemy lines. These complex duties require high fidelity training. In some cases, such as pararescuemen, training on real pilots is impossible and even training on other servicemen carries a logistical burden and in many cases is not realistic. A blended reality head mounted display (HMD) that could overlay virtual wounds on mannequins, avatars or other airmen would significantly increase the fidelity of training. Combat Controllers and TACPs require access to expensive assets such as aircraft, which may not always be available. SA Photonics will develop a blended reality solution for live, virtual and constructive field training for Battlefield Airmen. This system will consist of a ruggedized wide field of view, high resolution, see-through head mounted display that can be used by BA personnel in the field. Our system will provide visibility of color imagery and symbology even in high ambient light environments and is based on a TRL 7 eyepiece we developed for helicopter pilotage.

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