Navy, Moback sign CRADA to pursue AR/VR tech for fleet readiness
PORT HUENEME, Calif. Developer of cloud-based augmented reality (AR) computing and experience platforms Moback, Inc. is collaborating with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) to research and investigate specialized augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) capabilities to enhance fleet readiness for the U.S. Navy.
Representatives of NSWC PHD and Moback, Inc., formalized the partnership efforts through a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) that will focus on AR/VR technology that would support naval training, maintenance, lifecycle engineering, and product support. Future integration is targeted for long-distance support of shipboard technology and combat weapons systems as well as improved training efforts for the fleet.
“I’m excited for this partnership,” says NSWC PHD Commanding Officer, Capt. Ray Acevedo. “Working on AR and VR capabilities is critical to our fleet support mission and will allow us to significantly increase the lethal capabilities of our Navy.”
The CRADA is part of an on-going Naval Innovative Science and Engineering 219 augmented reality technology research project. The National Defense Authorization Act, Section 219 allows warfare centers and research laboratories to utilize funds invested in their organizations for industry and academic partnerships in research, engineering, and technology development.
“Moback’s efforts with AR and VR is a good technological fit for the work that PHD does,” explains Mark Jue, science and innovation technology lead at NSWC PHD. “This CRADA will help our workforce build technical relationships with industry to develop augmented and virtual reality capabilities that meet fleet requirements.”