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Raytheon Universal Control System

by John M. White |

Heads up Gamers!  If you love video games, but want to serve your country while expanding your gaming abilities, then the USAF and Raytheon have teamed up to give you the ultimate gaming experience.

At this years Farnborough Air Show Raytheon unveiled its new "Universal Control System" for controlling UAVs, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.  The main purpose of this new system is the reduce the learning curve for UAV pilots by half, but it provides incredible visuals as well. Ucs

Using wide-screen monitors the system provides a 270 degree field of view much like a fish-eye style view and blends synthetic environment with live data that makes it so productive.  It is designed to be intuitive to cut down on training costs, and uses either the traditional side-stick with thumb buttons or a more conventional gaming controller.

The advantage of the system is that the controller can learn how to fly the UAV in around 30 days, which is less than half the time it takes today using more conventional methods.  In addition, the system will allow controllers to fly multiple UAVs reducing the number of controllers required, all in all saving the military over $ 500M per year.

Of course, when did anyone or anything ever really save us taxpayers any money?  As Ronald Regan used to say when someone from the government tells you they are just there to help you hang on to your wallet.  With the U.S. debt in the Trillions of dollars, I doubt anything ever "saves" the government money!

So if you have been raised on gaming and want to get paid to play, check out your local military recruiter and tell them that you want to fly the latest and greatest UAVs for them.  Just think, get your gaming high will getting paid at the same time!  Cool, eh?

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


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