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Venice Beach, CA based Specular Theory has been awarded a SBIR Phase III contract from the Department of Defense to expand its immersive training products for crews of US Air Force B52s, C-17s, and KC-135s. 

This contract will provide funding for Specular Theory’s Experiential Air Refueling Lightweight Simulator (EARL), a lightweight virtual reality (VR) simulator that allows airmen to learn, train, and practice Air to Air Refueling (AAR). EARL includes an artificial intelligence (AI) instructor that will track the user’s performance and assess level of proficiency. 

Members of the Air Force have already given very positive feedback on the Specular Theory training tools. “The air refueling training Specular Theory produced has proven so successful that Air Mobility Command has asked to expand to multiple other aircraft. The project was also observed by Global Strike Command and they have asked for the project to be expanded to the B-52. The expansion of this training will absolutely transform the way the USAF trains it’s aircrew members,” said Maj. Robert Buckley, USAF, 97 Operations Group, Chief of Innovation and 97 Training Squadron Operations Officer. 

A partner of AFWERX, Specular Theory also produces award winning AR/VR products for the consumer market. 

Congratulations to Specular Theory. 

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To read the original award announcement, please visit this link.