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InterSense's IS-900 Motion Tracking System selected for the F-35 engineering simulator

February 7, 2007 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Lockheed Martin selected InterSense's IS-900 motion tracking system for integration into the first engineering simulators designed to test all components and procedures related to the F-35 JSF.

A full-scale F-35 Joint Strike Fighter model perched atop a pedestal for testing the aircraft's sophisticated antenna earlier in the project.

The F-35 Lightning II needs to have an accurate engineering simulator for systems design and testing. By using InterSense's IS-900 system, Lockheed Martin wants to maximize development efficiency and cut down on design time and costs, while enhancing operator and pilot training.

A custom version of the InterSense IS-900 system -- which includes ultrasonic transmitters embedded into the F-35's canopy frame -- has been designed for installation into the engineering simulators located at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth facility. A modified IS-900 MiniTrax Helmet Tracker -- a lightweight, inertial-based, helmet-mounted motion sensor -- will be used with the F-35 Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) system.

This integrated solution provides pilots with an unobstructed view of the computer-generated environment outside of the cockpit while projecting simulated images which are precisely synchronized with the pilot's head motion.

InterSense's hybrid technology helps create a very realistic environment, assisting engineers in evaluating pilot behavior during the design process, resulting in faster development time. The full system provides weapons queuing, symbology, sensor control and enhanced vision realism.

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