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Advanced software is paired with new headset to bring 3D simulations anywhere The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft interior, as seen through a new virtual-reality training headset. (Boeing image)
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Physical simulators the size of spacecraft flight decks have long been the gold standard for astronauts practicing the demanding techniques and quick decisions involved with spaceflight.
That is changing with a wearable virtual reality (VR) system that will allow astronauts to train in their offices or even aboard the International Space Station.
The system is a combination of Boeing-tailored laptops and hand controllers plus an advanced headset by Varjo, a Finland-based VR and mixed-reality supplier.
The headset’s high resolution allows an astronaut to operate just as they would in the spacecraft they are training for, with no need for a dedicated location or support staff.
The team developing the training system for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is on a path to eventually allow the system to be plugged into the overall training network.
That means flight controllers in Mission Control and other training crew members – with their own headsets or in the physical simulator – will be able to practice with the headset-wearing astronauts.
Boeing engineer Connie Miller says …
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