ALAMEDA, Calif., 20 Feb. 2011.Simulation and training experts at the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems segment in Redondo Beach, Calif., needed high-definition digital recording and streaming systems for the advanced ground control station (GCS) operator training system for the U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). They found their solution from RGB Spectrum in Alameda, Calif.Northrop Grumman chose RGB Spectrum's DGy high-definition digital recording and streaming systems to reproduce the detail necessary for debriefing sessions. The GCS training system uses three DGy 201HD codecs, each recording one of three PCs generating the simulated visuals, including complex telemetry, avionics, navigation, radar, HD video, geo-specific terrain imagery, and other related information.The DGy system achieves near lossless image compression with a JPEG2000 wavelet-based codec. Northrop Grumman chose the DGy for its playback capabilities, including its ability to export recordings for data dissemination, post-training analysis, and archiving, RGG Spectrum officials say.
The operator training system simulates aircraft performance, communications systems, sensors, datalink operations, video feeds, and environmental conditions. The system provides scenarios to enhance operator decision making, image analysis skills, and task proficiency. Following a training session, instructors convene trainees for after-action-reviews, during which they replay recordings from the DGy system for debriefing and analysis.
BAMS is the next generation of the U.S. Department of Defense high-altitude, long-endurance system for coverage of oceanographic and littoral areas. The Navy will deploy the maritime derivative of the RQ-4B Global Hawk aerial vehicle designated the MQ-4C BAMS. A key advantage of the MQ-4C is its ability for continuous, sustained operations over an area of interest at great distances, enabling it to deliver all-weather, persistent "eye in the sky" ISR directly to the maritime commander.
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