Lockheed Martin to Test GPS III in Virtual World

Lockheed Martin to Test GPS III in Virtual World
Collaborative Human Immersive Laboratory (CHIL) illustration (Lockheed Martin)

GPS III contractor Lockheed Martin has integrated several virtual reality technologies in a new Collaborative Human Immersive Laboratory (CHIL) in Littleton, Colorado, which will be used to validate and test next-generation GPS and other space programs.

With CHIL, Engineers and technicians can explore satellite designs and functions, troubleshoot and fine-tune them in a virtual world before building them in physical space.


GPS III contractor Lockheed Martin has integrated several virtual reality technologies in a new Collaborative Human Immersive Laboratory (CHIL) in Littleton, Colorado, which will be used to validate and test next-generation GPS and other space programs.

With CHIL, Engineers and technicians can explore satellite designs and functions, troubleshoot and fine-tune them in a virtual world before building them in physical space.

CHIL capabilities include simulation and optimization, digital engineering, motion capture, CAVE 3D visual computing environment technology, digital work instruction, human ergonomics analysis and immersive engineering.

Engineers will be able to use the system at various levels of
sophistication and complexity, from accessing modeling and simulation
software from their desktop to working with a trained technology team
and employing the full CHIL facility capabilities, including virtual
prototyping. 

The company’s director of special projects, Jeff D. Smith, said, “While similar technology is being used in the movie industry to create fictitious worlds, the CHIL is real."

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