Company releases Vampire UAS training simulation for classroom

By Ann Bailey | September 03, 2015

AEgis Technologies has made available for private use Vampire, an unmanned aircraft systems simulation. Previously, the simulation was reserved for military use.

The Huntsville, Alabama-based technology company set up a Vampire Institutional Training System for classroom simulation at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio, and at the Coleman A. Young International Airport in Detroit.

The Vampire Institutional Training System provides a virtual environment in which operators can train and rehearse operator and mission-level tasks for each system. Vampire, which is closely integrated and correlated with the FalconView flight planning software that UAS operators use, creates a virtual environment for training operator tasks, such as route, mission planning and in-flight tests.

During the past five years, AEgis Technologies, has delivered 4,000 UAS Vampire simulators to the U.S. Department of Defense, said Del Beilstein, AEgis vice president for business solutions. Aegis Technologies designed Vampire, an embedded simulation that trains operator functions for Puma, Raven and
Wasp family-of-systems small unmanned aerial vehicles. The military began using Vampire in 2010.

AEgis Technologies, which primarily has been a defense contractor, now is taking its technology to the private sector, Belstein said.

AEgis put the Vampire UAS classroom training in place at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio, and at the Coleman A. Young Airport in Detroit.

 “We’re trying to get the word out there that we have the technology and we’re continuing to refine and develop it,” Belstein said. Meanwhile, AEgist is working to develop a version of the Vampire simulation that is more oriented to commercial UAV operators, Belstein said.

Sinclair College has incorporated Vampire into its learning lab that is part of its National UAS Training and Certification Center where the simulation supports credit and non-credit courses. Sinclair instructors use the system to teach students emergency procedures, track simulation time vs. flight time and provide After Action Review capabilities.

Civil applications from which Sinclair College’s National UAS Training System instructors can choose include scenarios that focus on agriculture, search and rescue and infrastructure inspection.

Meanwhile, the Vampire Unmanned Aircraft simulation also is in use at the Coleman A. Young International Airport in Detroit. A non-profit educational organization purchased the simulation as part of a learning lab at the airport and will be used to teach students about drone technology.

The Vampire simulation is giving urban and economically disadvantaged youth an opportunity to participate in a STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) program, Belstein said.

“That’s the kind of technology we’re trying to get out there.”