UAV Cockpit or Video Game?

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Cockpit for UAVs

Although the image on the left might look like a tricked out video game setup, it actually represents Raytheon’s new approach to the UAV cockpit for the “chairforce”. Thats right, these cockpits will be constructed by the hundreds and filled with eager video game nerds turned Air Force Commandos. From within these cockpits, recruits will guide advanced aircraft with a variety of munitions into unfriendly territory to monitor and track enemy activity.

It would seem that one would be under much less pressure during a mission than if there were an actual pilot on site pulling G’s and making split second decisions. These Universal Control Systems as they are known will be used in just about every conflict keeping our most valuable assets, the troops, out of harms way. Think you could fly one of these bad boys?

Posted by Capt.   @   21 September 2007 6 comments
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Sep 21, 2007
4:47 pm
#1 Andrew :

For now, they are only letting real Air Force pilots work at these stations. Who knows when a new video game that simulates actual flight with online play will find the next aces of the sky? Ender’s Game anyone?

Aug 5, 2008
11:13 pm
#2 steven :

i don’t think the cockpit of a UAV is a video game. though you are miles away from your target you still have the responsibility of your sorroundings, and knowing the difference between soldiers on the ground and the air. so no being a UAV pilot isn’t a game.

Aug 5, 2008
11:34 pm
#3 Joe :

I think you are taking the article a little to literally.

May 14, 2010
2:58 pm
#4 tyler :

i acctually fly one of these in the us army, it is not even comparable to a video game, your fellow soldiers lives are on the line, and you are takeing acctual peoples real lives. this would be a video game that you cannot respawn in.

May 20, 2010
3:26 am
#5 Jeff :

I have a nicer one of these set up in my living room. If you are interested in advanced flight simulation for the home user please check out my website at SimSamurai-dot-net !

I use a very similar set up but with more realistic controls and more virtual gauges!

Jun 2, 2012
12:27 pm
#6 Max :

fanatical jeff

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