GridRaster, one of the leading providers of cloud-based extended reality (XR) platforms, recently won a contract with the US Air Force. The project will support the Air Force fleet of CV-22 Osprey aircraft, providing a set of high precision augmented reality tools to improve aircraft maintenance and wiring.
Aircraft maintenance: a major factor in degradation of readiness
The US Air Force has been in the tech news lately, mostly on cybersecurity and cryptocurrency topics. However, the USAF also recognizes how advancements in technology can help with other aspects of its mission. For example, the USAF is adopting augmented reality to help maintain its complex cells. Aircraft maintenance tasks are the biggest contributors to the degradation of readiness.
A major factor in maintaining the CV-22’s mission readiness is the cabling of the pod. In fact, this wiring represents around 60% of the overall maintenance effort of the CV-22 aircraft fleet. This set of tools will help aircraft maintenance technicians perform their maintenance tasks much more efficiently. Even as the complexity of planes increases, mechanics will find it easier to keep up with progress.
The complexity of USAF aircraft wiring continues to increase with the commissioning and deployment of advanced communications, integrated aircraft survival systems, and aircraft data collection systems. Service technicians must maintain extraordinarily complex wiring installations, routes, clamps and reduction locations and must be familiar with all variations of the systems. With variants of the V-22 slated for service beyond 2040, capability enhancements and readiness initiatives are program priorities, not only for the USAF, but also for the Marine Corps and Navy. .
The GridRaster toolset provides pattern recognition. It provides precise and intuitive visual overlays of all parts of the aircraft in relation to surrounding structures. Using iPads, service technicians can locate the schematics they need and display them overlaid on actual images of the components.
Rishi Zanjan, CEO and Founder of GridRaster, says the company’s solution hopes “to solve the need for the CV-22 cabling maintenance mission by reducing maintenance hours, eliminating errors and improving the accuracy of the cabling. ” installation of aircraft wiring harnesses in congested areas of the aircraft. “
XR has uses even beyond the maintenance hangar
In fact, GridRaster’s cloud-based solution will allow the Air Force to do more than just wire aircraft. Once a 3D model of an airplane is ready, the Air Force can use it for several purposes. The models will help with everything from maintenance to training simulations for the crew. Best of all, the tools are cloud-based, allowing aircraft crew members to train together even when stationed at different locations.