InterSense makes helmet tracking systems for flight simulators

BEDFORD, Mass., 19 April 2005. InterSense, Inc. has received additional orders from Link Simulation and Training to deliver the helmet tracking systems required by flight simulator programs for the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, Army, and Army National Guard.

Apr 20th, 2005

BEDFORD, Mass., 19 April 2005. InterSense, Inc. has received additional orders from Link Simulation and Training to deliver the helmet tracking systems required by flight simulator programs for the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, Army, and Army National Guard.

The new orders support Link's contracts for Air Force and Air National Guard F-16s on the Air Force F-16 Aircrew Training Devices (ATD) Program; the Army Flight School XXI Simulation Services contract; and additional systems for the Army and Army National Guard AVCATT Program.

The F-16 ATD program uses Link's SimuSphere 360-degree display system with the InterSense IS-900 tracking system seamlessly integrated into the base of the SimuSphere display. InterSense's helmet tracking assures that the pilot maintains correct head position for viewing the F-16's Heads Up Display (HUD) during normal operations.

The F-16 ATD program aids in nighttime flight training using tracked, simulated night vision goggles (NVGs). In the F-16 ATD program, precision helmet tracking enables Link's image generators to render realistic image information to the simulated NVG in synchronization with both the pilot's head and the aircraft flight motion. For F-16 ATD simulators, a standard InterSense MiniTrax Helmet Tracker is mounted to the pilot's helmet. These simulators are currently being installed at U.S. Air Force bases worldwide.

The Flight School XXI Simulation Services program trains U.S. Army active, reserve, and National Guard aircrews operating the Army's UH-60A/L Black Hawk, CH-47D Chinook, AH-64 Apache, AH-64D Apache Longbow, and OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter platforms. The training system utilizes InterSense's IS-900 technology with a custom helmet mounted tracker, initially developed to support the Army's AVCATT program. Initial installations for the Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Ala. occurred in March, with additional installations continuing through September 2008.

Link also placed additional orders to support new deliveries for the Army and National Guard AVCATT Program. The AVCATT Program uses InterSense's IS-900 tracking system in all of its mobile, reconfigurable, rotary wing, simulator trailers. Delivery of the tracking systems to support Link's AVCATT system production will take place this year.

"We are excited about the success of the ongoing programs and recent orders from Link," states Mike Donfrancesco, InterSense's vice president of sales. "We look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with their talented simulation & training team."

Introduced in 1999, InterSense's IS-900 motion tracking product family is an enabling technology used in flight simulation, mission training systems, oil & gas exploration, and other immersive display applications. With over 1000 systems deployed worldwide, the IS-900 product offers reliable & accurate motion tracking for the most demanding applications.

InterSense, Inc., founded in 1996, is the market leader in miniaturized, inertial-based, precision motion tracking technology used with simulation, training and immersive display systems. InterSense's patented motion tracking products enable realistic interaction with computer graphics for a variety of applications, including simulation & training; oil & gas exploration; virtual prototyping & design; medical imaging; entertainment; and video/film production. For more information, see www.intersense.com.

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