Technological progress is the basis for competitiveness and advancement in the aerospace industry. The industry is, as a result, a world leader in advancing science and technology. That’s why the aerospace and defense have become the pioneering industries for VR use – US military has been using virtual reality flight simulator for training and improving their skills starting from the incredible 1940s. Therefore, this industry is the leader in using VR/AR technology, and we can easily see the positive influence the aerospace and defense have had from VR from the last decades.
Immersive learning is a new word in engaging, time-saving and cost-effective ways of employee training. Full immersion sometimes gives astronauts, pilots, cabin or ground crew even better experience than the traditional ones.
Augmented and virtual reality in aerospace is widely used in pilot and crew training, passenger infotainment and operational use like navigation and monitoring.
VR has enabled the engineers to optimize the procedures and tasks by providing advanced training to the workforce in the industry. For example, Embraer’s virtual reality center is equipped with modern graphic computer systems, which enables the engineers to visualize the aircraft structure through 3D electronic models.
Using VR in design and manufacturing has opened new horizons in the adoption of the new changes in terms of ergonomics, capability, and space usage before the object is built. VR verifies the aircraft design process and makes it more efficient, which leads to improvement in manufacturing and significant cost reduction. For instance, Airbus is providing VR programs for new maintenance and research operations in the aerospace industry. Airbus latest Global Services Forecast predicts a need for 550,000 new pilots to be trained worldwide over the next 20 years, and they have been investigating new ways to make flight training more efficient, more flexible, and more attractive.
Boeing, together with its suppliers, uses VR to perform intuitive product experience early in the process, reduce turnaround time by enabling design for serviceability, optimize assembly/disassembly sequences, verify resources and tooling, support documentation, and visualize the workflow. This all together leads to more revenue as aircraft spends less time out of service and more time flying. Having implemented virtual reality into working process has cut maintenance training time up to 75%.
American global aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin has gained incredible results by implementing virtual and augmented reality tools in the production line of its space assets – they are saving $10 million a year. Lockheed Martin uses 3D imaging in VR to catch engineering missteps before the asset hits the production, saving time and money by correcting errors sooner rather than later. It also helps accommodate for human factors, such as ensuring a particular component can be reached by hand. The company has developed a network platform to allow anyone to connect to the VR system from any location, which is saving the company money for travel costs and time and allows it to improve designs at a faster rate.
Immersive learning is a new word in engaging, time-saving and cost-effective ways of employee training. Full immersion sometimes gives astronauts, pilots, cabin or ground crew even better experience than the traditional ones, as they don’t have to wait for their turn to practice, and can repeat it as many times as needed to work out the correct sequence of actions. It significantly reduces the time and money spent on training flight personnel.
And the use of VR/AR technologies in the aerospace and defense industry is gaining momentum. The market is yet to witness the high growth rate due to the increasing adoption of technology and the rising use of augmented and virtual reality in the aerospace.
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