Video Display Corp.'s visual system chosen for Navy MSAT program

ATLANTA, 24 Nov. 2007. Video Display Corporation's VDC Display Systems division, located in Cape Canaveral, Fla., will install a complete state-of-the-art visual system solution containing three modified COTS SONY SRX 8.8 megapixel digital projectors at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado located in San Diego, Calif. The system will incorporate the patented auto-alignment low-gain screen system provided by 3D Perception combined with advanced warp and edge blend image processing.

Nov 24th, 2007

ATLANTA, 24 Nov. 2007. Video Display Corporation's VDC Display Systems division, located in Cape Canaveral, Fla., will install a complete state-of-the-art visual system solution containing three modified COTS SONY SRX 8.8 megapixel digital projectors at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado located in San Diego, Calif. The system will incorporate the patented auto-alignment low-gain screen system provided by 3D Perception combined with advanced warp and edge blend image processing. The overall objective is to provide an eye limiting stable Primary Visual Display in support of Multipurpose Supporting Arms Trainer (MSAT).

The MSAT training system is intended to provide training for Joint Terminal Air Controllers (JTACs), Forward Air Controllers (FACs), and Forward Observers (FOs) for the tasks of Supporting Arms (SAs) and Close Arms Support (CAS) in staff and joint exercise training events. The MSAT also provides training for Naval Surface Fire (NSF), Tactical Air (TA), artillery, and mortar support in joint expeditionary operations.

The MSAT will enable FACs, JTACs, FAC(A)s, and FOs to train in stand-alone or interoperable modes without the use of live ammunition or range/training areas. The system has day, twilight, and night capabilities which allow trainees to use actual field equipment and night vision devices to detect targets.

The display system consists of three SRX-S105 SONY high resolution projectors and a new state of the art low-gain screen from 3D Perception Ltd with active sensors utilized for the auto calibration of the entire visual system. The screen is a partial dome with a 240° horizontal FOV and a 60° vertical FOV (+45°/-15°). The SRX-S105 projectors are the latest addition to the Sony SXRD 4K range of projectors and are designed to meet many of the specific needs of visualization for Simulation and Command & Control applications. A native resolution of over 8.8 Mega Pixels (4096 x 2160 pixels) enables the SRX-S105 to accommodate extremely high resolution images with the smallest on-screen pixel size minimizing the need for a large number multi-projector systems with edge blending. It has been developed to provide a forward looking solution to a wide range of image display applications by utilizing the highest resolution imaging chip available on the market.

Combining the highest-resolution "4K" SRX projectors with 3D Perception revolutionary auto calibration solution completes the time-consuming task of aligning multiple projector display system within seconds to achieve the highest quality images with rich and precise color. With this combination of advanced technology, the system performs repeatable and accurate alignments quickly and easily with minimal user intervention. The MSAT design provides the Navy and Marine Corps with new training realisms not possible with other technologies.

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