General Atomics has a new cockpit for its MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers, two of the most common hunt and kill drones used by the USAF, capable of destroying virtually any ground target – and some aerial targets. It looks like a dream game setup. Heck, it even includes a gamepad (look at this guy’s knees.)
According to Christopher Ames of General Atomics, there is “nothing like it in the world today”.
Operators are seated in front of a bank of six 24-inch monitors arranged in two horizontal rows. Top monitors provide a 120-degree view of the battlefield using a combination of live video, synthetic imagery, and air traffic information. The wider field of view comes from digital terrain data fed into the left and right screens complementing the live video on the center screen.
It sounds pretty darn elegant, although it also means that “pilots” will now have even more acute “player syndrome” – it would be very difficult to realize that this is something that can kill real people if the system gives out. quite a scientific aspect. -fi synthetic and cool in the name of combat effectiveness. There is more:
Lower monitors display mission systems, maps including 3D graphics, and a general screen for chat, email, and other mission applications. A quick tap of your finger on different boxes on the lower left screen brings up different systems, including the Mission Checklist, Command and Control Pages, and the Warning System.
So this is it. Dropping laser-guided Paveway II bombs and firing Hellfire II missiles to vaporize targets – while sipping that 7-Eleven Big Gulp you bought at the mall on your way to your drone cockpit – is now over easy than ever.