Extended Agreement with University of the Bundeswehr Munich
November 22, 2023
Carmenta Engine, Geospatial Technologies
Carmenta is thrilled to announce the extension of its long-standing collaboration with the University of the Bundeswehr Munich. The renewed ten-year agreement provides continued integration of the Carmenta Engine into advanced simulation environments focused on enabling future Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) Fast-Jet, Transport and Attack-Helicopter missions.
Shaping the Cockpit of the Future
The HuMiCS (Humans, Military Missionand Cognitive Systems) laboratory within the Military Aviation Research Center (MARC) at the University of the Bundeswehr Munich, Germany is focused on enabling future Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) Fast-Jet, Transport and Attack-Helicopter missions. Led by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Schulte, Chair of Aircraft Dynamics and Flight Guidance, the facility boasts three high-fidelity advanced simulation environments for Human-in-the-Loop experiments. These environments pave the way for new mission management, pilot assistant, and cognitive automation technologies.
Innovative In-Flight Interaction Concepts
The integration of Carmenta Engine into these advanced simulation environments provides pilots with optimized interactive tactical map displays, enabling mission-critical holistic situational awareness. The heightened geospatial understanding ensures effective management of complex multi-asset tasks, facilitating continued success. Carmenta Engine is presented on board across three touchscreen displays, contributing to the flexible development and accommodation of new and innovative in-flight interaction concepts. The success of future high-altitude Fast-Jet missions heavily relies on combined Air and Land enemy intelligence, whilst lower tactical flights require access to terrain and visibility analysis. Carmenta’s wide-ranging suite of geospatial extensions ensures all these functionalities are at the pilot’s fingertips.
Advancing Geospatial Capabilities
The transport helicopter simulator takes Carmenta Engine’s advanced geospatial capabilities one step further, by combining the Carmenta 3D extension and the HuMiCS digital terrain modeling. This powerful technological mix offers helicopter pilots a comprehensive 3D terrain view as a primary flight display. The institute’s newest simulation environment features a solo-piloted attack helicopter cockpit research opportunity, and Carmenta’s new Aircraft Routing Extension will be used to provide intelligence data-oriented improved future flight-planning.
Relieving the Burden of Inhouse Solutions
The University of the Bundeswehr highlighted that Carmenta Engine was originally selected due to its integration and development flexibilities:
“Coupled with its support for several standards, programming languages and file formats, it is the only future-proofed GIS solution for our needs. The HuMiCSs team is impressed with Carmenta’s commitment to continually develop and release new geospatial capabilities. Carmenta Engine’s regularly updated bolt-on extensions help to reduce development costs and save valuable time by eliminating the need to create inhouse geospatial solutions. The team has also benefited from direct support from Carmenta’s Engineering team, receiving timely and robust solutions to development concerns as they arise in the various projects.”