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IAI to Develop an Immersive Parachute Descent Procedure, Malfunction and Decision-Making Training System for the Navy

Current Parachute Descent Procedure (PDP) training is based on antiquated virtual reality technology with inadequate effectiveness and realism. Additionally, existing training has limitations that prevent interfacing with standard flight and parachute equipment. A reconfigurable device training system that provides immersive PDP, malfunction and decision-making training to air crew would be very useful, allowing them to experience and practice parachute descent procedures before applying them in a real mission. To address this, IAI will develop a Common Parachute Descent Trainer (CoPDeT). This system will provide a common infrastructure that provides an affordable immersive environment, while enabling air crew from different aircraft to practice with the flight suits and ejections seats that they would use in the field. CoPDeT will be developed after investigating the weight-bearing superstructure, connections to individual air crew descent equipment, video presentation of the environment, sensors that collect data about trainee movement, and the degree of immersiveness the environment provides. Computer integration capabilities will be developed to collect data, control video presentation based in part on trainee activity, and to assess performance and provide adaptive feedback in later phases. The CoPDeT system will provide a reconfigurable interface that supports all Navy standard flight equipment and parachute equipment, and will allow delivery of cross-platform training, without the need for multiple training systems or platform-specific peripherals. CoPDeT is a solution that can be used by Navy Survivability Training Centers and other services. Further, CoPDeT components, like the kinematic sensors that will be integrated with training systems, will also offer several useful commercial applications.

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Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) is a technology innovation company headquartered in Rockville, MD. We specialize in providing advanced technology solutions and R&D services to federal agencies, and corporations throughout the United States and internationally. Leveraging agile R&D processes, a multi-disciplinary collaborative environment, and its substantial intellectual property portfolio, IAI excels in developing concepts into market-focused products and customer-driven solutions. IAI’s core R&D areas include: Air Traffic Management, Big Data and Social Media Analytics, Control and Signal Processing, Cyber Security, Education and Training Technologies, Health Technologies, Modeling and Simulation, Networks and Communications, Robotics, and Sensor Systems. For more information on IAI, please visit

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