Nowadays the role of the armed forces more and more includes foreign deployments. Especially for this kind of expatriate missions a training capability is necessary that can be brought to the locations where it is needed which is where the pilots are. Additionally mission rehearsal is essential under these circumstances to become acquainted with the new environment. For this purpose the containerized version of a deployable training device for ASTA was designed.
Training System on Truck
The general design greatly benefits from RDE’s ANTares product. The concept foresees a container with the necessary infrastructure to host different components of the ASTA simulator family and of the ASTA training support systems. The total system is easily deployable and independent of any exterior resources with the exception of electrical power.
Using a standard container with a Container Safety Convention (CSC) Safety Approval enables the device to be deployable all over the world, may it be by land-, sea- or air transportation means. It is independent of all exterior resources with the exception of electrical power. The power source requirement covers the range of 110V to 240V and 50Hz to 60z. Other standards can also be supported.
The space with the container is based on grid spacing. The equally sized units are called Cubicles. One unit (a single cubicle) is sufficient for one student or operator with limited amount of equipment. Its dimensions are approximately: width: 1.30 m, height: 2.40 m, depth: 1.50 m. If desired the space of two or more units can be joined to provide space e.g. for a complete ASTA IOS setup operated by two instructors.
Single and Double Cubicle
The advantage of the standardized cubicle design is the possibility to easily exchange cubicles against each other. This can be done via the front door which provides full cross section clearance to move cubicles into and out of the container. In this way the training device can be expanded with additional, alternative cubicles. Having several types of cubicles available the device can be configured by the owner to cover actual demands on short notice. The approach also offers the possibility to realize networked missions if two cockpit cubicles are implemented. Also highly complex scenarios can be achieved by networking two or more containerized training devices.
The following components form the basis for a containerized training device:
- Standard High Cube Container (length 20ft or 40ft)
Certified for world-wide transportation without limitations (land, sea, air)
(CSC Safety Approval by Germanische Lloyd);
- Air Conditioning;
- Air conduits;
- Storage Cabinet;
- Power Distribution;
- Uninterruptable Power Supply (Option);
Possible, additional ASTA Components as Cubicles
The hardware configuration will be capable of hosting the following ASTA sub-systems:
- Cockpit Trainer (CT) with replicated instruments;
- Basic Training Device (BTD) with instruments represented on touch screens
- Cockpit-less Alternative Aircraft (CAAC);
- Alternative Aircraft (AAC);
- Additional cockpits, replicated or virtual;
- Instructor Operator Station (IOS);
- Debrief Facility (DBF);
- Lesson Planning and Scenario Generation (LPSG);
- Data Base Generation Station (DBGS)
- Computer cabinets/racks;
Possible container configurations
Example Layout of 40’-Container
This example shows several different cockpit cubicles linked in a combined, networked mission.
40’-ASTA-Container with Classroom
A classroom for briefing and debriefing purposes can be integrated making use of the installed simulation hardware and software.
The following pictures show two versions of how to realize a Basic Training Device (BTD) with its associated IOS: a version where close interaction of instructor and student pilot is possible and a version with a fully enclose student cubicle ensuring minimum distraction.
40’-ASTA-Container with CT and BTD
40’-ASTA-Container with CT and closed off BTD
The examples above show 40’-ASTA Container to present the full capability of the concept. Nevertheless, if only one training device is needed a 20’-ASTA-Container can be utilised to host one cockpit with its dedicated IOS and the necessary support systems.