How do you construct a realistic tank-driving simulator within the Seventies, when three-D computer-generated graphics are nonetheless only a fable of the long run? If you happen to’re a Eu tanker faculty, the answer is to make use of a massive CNC gadget to force a digital camera round a miniature terrain type (German, translated). Within the video after the wreck, [Tom Scott] takes it for a check force.
Advanced in France, the simulator supplied a more secure and more cost effective means for instructing new trainees the fundamentals of riding Centurion, Leopard 2, or Panzer 68 tanks. The trainee sits in a sensible “cockpit” fastened on a hydraulically-operated movement platform, with a TV display in entrance of his face, which is hooked up to a digital camera fastened on a big gantry-style CNC platform.
The digital camera’s lens is fastened simply above a pivoting steel foot which slides around the 12 m-long terrain type and sends its attitude to the hydraulic machine. It’ll even adjust the tank’s dealing with in accordance with its present place at the type to simulate other surfaces like dust, snow, or asphalt.
The ultimate of those programs remained in use till 2004 on the army coaching heart in Thun, Switzerland, sooner than being stored by means of the Swiss Army Museum from being scrapped. The unique 70s laptop, electronics, and hydraulics in spite of everything gave out, so the museum undertook a whole refurbishment of the machine to go back it to running order for museum guests. It used to be stored as authentic as imaginable, however portions for the unique laptop may just now not be discovered, so it used to be changed with a Raspberry Pi and customized interface board.
Over 3 many years, those simulators almost definitely educated a couple of thousand tank drivers, or even with restricted generation did a very good activity of making ready trainees for the actual factor. But even so offering coaching for operators, drivers and pilots, simulators also are simply simple a laugh. We’ve noticed some spectacular house constructed simulator together with a A-10 Warthog, an F-15 sim constructed from a real wreckage, or even a starship’s bridge.