Because the trials will be conducted within an office and at a low cost, it will be possible for many more participants to take part in them, which will lead to more reliable results “Virtual Reality”, an expression that is well known in many fields, is currently entering the field of flight experiments. These experiments are conducted inside IAF Headquarters, will save flight hours and will bring about more reliable results
Starting from the next few months, the use of “virtual reality” technology in the IAF will significantly upgrade the field of optical signature trials. During a trial of this kind, the ability to identify aircrafts using optics such as cameras, binoculars or the naked eye is tested, according to the color of the plane, weather conditions, the angle of the sun and distance from the aircraft. Until now, each trial of this kind required several flights of the aircraft and the deployment of soldiers in the field, so that they could report on whether they identified the aircraft and under which conditions.
Using the new technology, everyone taking part in the trial will be able to wear special glasses that project “virtual reality” and execute the trial using them. In the coming months, the participants will come to the Human Interface System Laboratory at IAF Headquarters. They will wear the virtual reality glasses and will try to identify the planes projected in the virtual environment they will enter.
Because the trials will be conducted within an office and at a low cost, it will be possible for many more participants to take part in them, which will lead to more reliable results and because the data are calculated, there will be a more accurate analysis of the results.
“The new technology will contribute to the reliability of the results and expanding the trials, but we will still also have to conduct real trials in order to conclusively validate the results. Nonetheless, the need for real trials will decrease”, explains Senior Academic Officer Yossi, from the Equipment Department.