NASA trains pilots using mixed reality

Simulator training is still the main method of pilot training at the initial stage. This is understandable - trusting a complex and very expensive car to an inexperienced beginner is very dangerous. However, this is also a serious drawback of simulators. A pilot without a sense of danger is unlikely to perform a real difficult maneuver, such as refueling in the air.

NASA specialists undertook to overcome this gap, who created a complex that combines virtual and real reality. The author of the idea, CTO of Systems Technology Ed Bachelder suggested using the term in relation to this method - "mixed reality".

It consists in the fact that visual information, supplemented by interactive computer graphics, is received on a pilot's headset such as Google Glass or digital glasses. As a result, this alternation allows the trainee to quickly and efficiently master the complex elements of piloting - refueling in the air, takeoff, landing, and others.

The system has already been tested at the NASA Research Center. Armstrong, at the National Test Pilot School in Mojave, as well as in real flight at the Airvan Aviation Research Center.