Simulated Operational Communications and Coordination Integration for Aircrew Learning (SOCIAL) Tool

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-6286
Agency Tracking Number: O113-CR3-1134
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD11-CR3
Solicitation Number: 2011.3
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, -
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Garrity
 Principal Scientist&Director
 (781) 496-2451
 mgarrity@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Thomas McKenna
Title: Cheif Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2443
Email: mckenna@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
As the Air Force responds to high demands for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) operations, devices and strategies for effectively training Pilots and Sensor Operators are likely to increase in importance. While simulation-based training has evolved in recent years, the majority of attention has been directed towards training piloting skills. Current tools and devices for preparing RPA crews lack a robust ability to realistically simulate the complex communication and coordination interactions with the ISR community. Thus, a Simulated Operational Communications and Coordination Integration for Aircrew Learning (SOCIAL) Tool, an adaptive, data-driven, model-based communications simulation tool, with performance measurement capabilities, is required to provide RPA crews with the relevant training experiences necessary to develop the critical communications and coordination skills required for their evolving missions and continuous operations. The SOCIAL Tool will be designed in a way that supports integration with existing RPA crew training devices. When fully implemented, the SOCIAL Tool will address a critical gap in current RPA training.

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