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Aero-TV: Checking Out Microsoft's ESP

New Military and Defense Flight Simulations Are Being Built on Microsoft ESP

Throughout last fall's I/ITSEC convention (Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference), one sign in particular became a familiar one... adorning a number of high-tech flight simulation displays -- Microsoft ESP. 

The talented team behind Microsoft’s longest continuously shipping product, Flight Simulator, has begun offering a new visual simulation development platform for defense, civil aviation and other industries to use in creating immersive training simulations.

Dubbed Microsoft ESP, the platform consists of the underlying PC-based simulation “engine” that powers Flight Simulator, along with development tools and the rich worldwide content that models the entire Earth. Adding to the realism are the high-fidelity 3D visual imagery, a configurable user-adjustable weather system, accurate vector data and geography which can be tailored for custom solutions. To help make the Microsoft ESP a more effective training tool, the After Action Review (AAR) feature lets you record and review every action made during a session to review later, and custom missions can be created to help tailor simulations to specific training goals.

Microsoft ESP’s launch marked Microsoft’s entry into the growing market for so-called “serious games” and games-based learning tools which are now used around the world in a variety of industries to train everything from helicopter pilots to emergency responders and soldiers. To date, interest in the market has been solid and prompted Microsoft to participate in the most recent I/ITSEC gathering.

Amonth the benefits of Microsoft ESP, touted byy I/ITSEC attendees was the versatility of the platform and its ability to interact with other technologies and data, allowing for a range of situations as well as integration with a variety of different systems. ESP can simulate large Airbus jets down to smaller aircrafts and integrate those with a variety of Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) software and hardware to enable the experience.

The ability to scale down and make a simulation portable has a variety of real-world benefits in and of itself. A pilot rerouted to an unfamiliar airport, for example, can fire up a laptop computer running Microsoft ESP and familiarize himself with the airport, the landscape, the approach patterns — and fly the approach knowing exactly what to expect. That same pilot could also practice flying a different aircraft type by using a Microsoft ESP-based cockpit simulation.

So... let's check out Microsoft ESP with Aero-TV!

About Aero-TV: It's DEFINITELY Show Time!!!!

OK, folks, here we go... we are NOW initiating the first feature programming series for Aero-TV... we're going to take it slow, but we're also going to try and be steady about this. DO UNDERSTAND that this is the most complex media program we've ever undertaken and what you're seeing is just the tip of the iceberg... but from here on out, we will be doing our best to educate, inform, and entertain YOU about all aspects of the exciting worlds of aviation and aerospace. 

If you've been an observer of the media and associated media industries over the last few years, it's not hard to mistake the fact that a massive revolution is taking place. Old sources for news and information are falling by the wayside, having to change their modus operandi or risk obsolescence (or extinction). Electronic media and print media are both under the assault of progress, and the online world has been a cornerstone for revolutionary change.

We've been ready to go for a while, but to be honest, there's so much more to this program than we've alluded to, and so we've been building and planning a massive new organization within ANN. That said, we're hiring talented new people as fast as we can find them (a far more difficult task than we had imagined -- REALLY good people are hard to find), and we're brainstorming at speeds that would make a deorbiting Space Shuttle feel like a slug. Suffice it to say that we wanted to do this right, rather than right-now, and that the development of this program has been the most carefully pursued undertaking we've ever undertaken. 

E-I-C Note: The complete feature shown above is embedded in this story, with most of the slick and useful functionality otherwise available on the main Aero-TV site (which will be upgraded aggressively over the next few weeks). The ability to embed a video on another web page is but one of the hundreds of amazing little features that we've worked hard on, for many months now, to implement in different phases of the initial release of Aero-TV. It is, BY NO MEANS, the only way to enjoy unaltered Aero-TV programming on other parts of the web... as we have extensive plans for future functionality, but this feature allows those with an interest in a specific Aero-TV News or Feature program to embed it on a different web site, though we must note that we reserve the right to forbid such use for those sites or purposes that we do not feel fit in with the proper mission of the Aero-News Network, Inc.  

Webmasters or Administrators of well-trafficked aviation or aerospace related sites, are welcome to contact the Publisher to start conversations on how they may be able to leverage some of the immense power of Aero-TV programming for their sites and constituency by clicking the I Want Aero-TV For MY Website! link.

Coming Soon!

Aero-TV Shows You How To Build A Glasair Sportsman 2+2 in RECORD TIME, Gets Up Close And Personal With the Newest Continental Powerplant To Grace A Cessna, Gets A Sobering Briefing From P.A.S.S., Flies The Piper Matrix, Hears What's Hot At Blue Mountain Avionics, Gets Some GREAT Rotax Lessons, Checks Out More "HIGH" Tech at I/ITSEC 2007, Hears From AOPA On Critical Aviation Issues, Spills Some Juicy (and HIGHLY Detailed) Cirrus G3 Info, Catches Up On ALL Things SkyCatcher, Scores A BUNCH of LSA Reports, and SO MUCH MORE!!!!! Do NOT Miss Them!

FMI: www.microsoft.com/esp, www.aero-tv.netI Want My Aero-TV!, I'd Like To Join The ANN/Aero-TV Team!!!, www.youtube.com/aerotvnetwork

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