Magazine article National Defense

Industry, Academia Partner on Virtual Reality

Magazine article National Defense

Industry, Academia Partner on Virtual Reality

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* Lockheed Martin is collaborating with Brigham Young University engineering students in an effort to develop nextgeneration aerospace and defense solutions using video game technology.

Last year, the company awarded a research grant to the BYU Department of Mechanical Engineering in Provo, Utah, to develop aspects of a virtual reality training and design review system that could advance Lockheed Martin's digital engineering capabilities, according to a company announcement.

"The BYU students created an impressive demo of the VR system that really highlights the potential of this technology, even in its early stages," said Darin Bolthouse, manager of Lockheed Martin's collaborative human immersive laboratory in Denver, Colorado.

The system will leverage immersive 3D technology for design efficiency, collaboration and training, and could help the company identify possible challenges during program development, saving potentially millions of dollars in the long run, according to the company.

The grant covers a nine-month study set to culminate in May, said John Karas, vice president of Lockheed Martin's ground-based strategic deterrent program. The company is currently in the running to provide the Air Force's nextgeneration intercontinental ballistic missile to replace the aging Minuteman III system, and this collaboration could inform that program, he said.

"BYU had the right academic focus and talent for this project, plus its pipeline of students will help in our next phase of the GBSD program should the Air Force award us a contract for the next phase," he said. …

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