SGI gets the picture

SGI has entered into a Co-operative Research and Development Agreement with the US Air Force for the development of selected flight training image-generation technologies.

SGI Federal, a wholly owned subsidiary of SGI has entered into a Co-operative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for the development, testing and evaluation of selected flight training image-generation technologies, database development and image processing.

The goal of the CRADA is to create enhanced, low-cost solutions that will meet the requirements of aircrew training established under the US Air Force’s Distributed Mission Training (DMT) initiative. AFRL’s Warfighter Training Research Division (HEA), in Mesa, Arizona, is chartered with the research and development of technologies that will fulfill or enhance the capabilities required to meet the objectives of the US Air Force’s DMT program.

Under the CRADA, SGI Federal and AFRL/HEA will develop and integrate into the DMT testbed the capability to acquire, download and ingest space imagery in real time for the purpose of infusion into aircraft cockpit information processing systems and displays of present and future aircraft weapons systems. The capability will be developed to permanently update databases on high-end generators, either in a post-ingestion process or in real time, using formats such as a clip map created as a part of the data conversion to imagery.

In addition, SGI Federal and AFRL/HEA will develop the capability to download Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-type video in real time, display that imagery in the DMT testbed and infuse the video into aircraft simulator cockpit displays. Using this capability, a process will be developed to amend the visual database ‘on-the-fly’ in order to display the incoming imagery in a high-fidelity virtual simulator for the purposes of mission preview or mission rehearsal. With space images, the capability to permanently amend the visual database with geo- and orthorectified image textures will also be developed.

SGI Federal was created in April 2000 to strengthen SGI’s commitment to US federal government customers. The subsidiary is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD.

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