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DS2 Awarded Contract to Continue Innovation in Geospatial, AR, and VR Data Integration for the US Air Force

DS2 was awarded a follow-on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract to further develop on the work during the Phase I for the “Integration of Geospatial, Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies” topic.  

During Phase I, DS2 researched solutions for integrating disparate data from multiple sources into the US Air Force Command and Control (C2) Airfield Damage Repair (ADR) Simulator. DS2 identified two existing technologies that could be leveraged to achieve the goal of the SBIR topic: RTI Connext, the leading COTS product based on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard; and the Test and Training Enabling Architecture (TENA) and the TENA middleware, a GOTS product developed under a joint interoperability initiative within the U.S. Department of Defense. After completing the research, DS2 also successfully created a vertical slice proof-of-concept for UXO mitigation and damage discovery using the Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) data model and TENA middleware to share data between the C2 ADR Simulator, Geospatial Expeditionary Planning Tool (GeoExPT), Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK), and a prototype Recovery of Airbase Denied By Ordnance (RADBO) Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Simulator. 

A Phase II award demonstrates the US Air Force’s continued interest expanding the research and use of modeling and simulation to include domains outside of traditional warfare. With over 20 years of experience working with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) to build solutions that plans, manages, and models the ADR processes, DS2 is uniquely poised to develop the interoperability solution to integrate the RADR data model into the wider world of modeling and simulation. 

In Phase II, DS2 will expand on the research and development started during Phase I. DS2’s goal for Phase II is to go beyond the vertical slice proof-of-concept and develop a prototype that brings the C2 ADR Simulator, GeoExPT software suite, and RADR data model into the interoperability space. “DS2 is proud to work with the US Air Force and AFCEC to further advance their capabilities in modeling and simulation,” said Richard Pruitt, the President of DS2. “Enabling RADR interoperability will enhance AFCEC training, allow integration of current and future equipment simulators and live, in-the-field data to integrate into comprehensive exercises. Mission planning simulations will be able to encompass the full scope of an operation by including the C2 ADR Simulator and the GeoExPT suite, increasing the level of fidelity by providing accurate insight into the damage repair process and its effects on recovery and response times.” 

DS2 is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business providing a full spectrum of life-cycle software engineering, application development, and IT management solutions to DoD, federal and commercial clients. Utilizing agile development procedures, DS2 specializes in modeling and simulation; LVC training; and geospatial, ATAK, and mission planning solutions in support of the warfighter.

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