IAF scouts for spa­tial dis­ori­en­ta­tion sim­u­la­tor


With train­ing trun­cated as a re­sult of lack of trainer air­craft, and an in­creas­ing num­ber of cases of dis­ori­en­ta­tion be­ing re­ported, the In­dian Air Force (IAF) is go­ing in for a fast-track pur­chase of a mo­tion-based spa­tial dis­ori­en­ta­tion sim­u­la­tor (SDS) for air­crew. The SDS will be re­quired for demon­stra­tion of spa­tial dis­ori­en­ta­tion, dis­ori­en­ta­tion train­ing in flight sit­u­a­tions, flight sim­u­la­tion and night vi­sion train­ing and mo­tion sick­ness de­sen­si­ti­za­tion. The IAF has stip­u­lated that the dis­ori­en­ta­tion il­lu­sions that the SDS should be ca­pa­ble of sim­u­lat­ing must in­clude co­ri­o­lis, so­mat­o­gy­ral, ocu­lo­gy­ral, grave­yard spin, nys­tagy­mus, au­toki­ne­sis, black hole ap­proach, dark take-off, sloped run­way, among oth­ers spec­i­fied in the RFP. This will be first sim­u­la­tor that the IAF will ac­quire specif­i­cally for ground train­ing pi­lots in the grave threat of spa­tial dis­ori­en­ta­tion. So far, it was in­cluded in ab ini­tio and in­ter­me­di­ate flight train­ing with in­struc­tors. The IAF is look­ing for a dual cock­pit sim­u­la­tor with ad­justable pi­lot seats, du­pli­cated flight con­trols, a full set of cock­pit in­stru­ments, two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tion with voice record­ing, sim­u­lated air­craft noise and vi­bra­tions. Ac­cord­ing to the RFP, the soft­ware must make avail­able re­al­is­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tions of ground ob­jects and in­clude var­i­ous ter­rains (such as hills, sea, snow, jun­gles and desert). Sim­u­la­tion of ground ob­jects must in­clude de­tails such as power lines, wind power sta­tions, power plants, houses, trees, rivers, dams, roads, rail­roads, bridges, ship, oil rig, light­houses, etc.

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