Virtual reality’s (VR) applications within the military industry have been well-documented in the past, pre-dating the likes of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Despite this, the rise in popularity of consumer-level VR is causing some companies in this sector to utilise better-known VR technology. American global aerospace and defence technology company Northrop Grumman, for example, is will this week use the Oculus Rift to showcase the latest updates in its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
The company will feature the VR HMD at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International trade show running from 5th – 7th May 2015 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Attendees will be able to put on an Oculus Rift and view pre-eminent UAS in a virtual environment. This consists of a hangar with a high altitude long endurance (HALE) that users will be able to walk around and interact with. The company will also be exhibiting the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration aircraft at the show.
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