Enhancing Thales Flight Simulator Realism with Global Imagery

Enhancing Thales Flight Simulator Realism with Global Imagery

The Client


With multiple training solutions, the Training & Simulation business of Thales supports civil security operators as well as French and international armed forces in the preparation of their missions, whether in the air, on land, or at sea. With more than 900 employees and an international presence in 4 countries (France, UK, Australia, and Germany), the Training & Simulation business designs and develops simulators and training services for its French and international customers. Thales simulators are in operation in over 50 countries.

Thales develops Full Flight Simulators that are designed to replicate the cockpit and the cabin of actual aircrafts to provide pilots a visual feeling of being in an aircraft. Motion and visual systems that help create realistic environments needed by the pilots. The visual systems are designed to offer them satellite imagery quality 180-degree view. The core of flight simulation lies in the creation of illusion, offering the pilots a real-life experience.

The Challenge

Better Imagery to Enhance Flight Simulation Experience

Database quality is a crucial aspect that adds value to any simulation solution, especially for military organizations that have high-quality standards. For Thales, a global leader in defense and security technology, one of the ways to upgrade their simulation solution was by upgrading the global satellite imagery background layer.

Thales was looking for a global imagery basemap that would offer a better user experience for all of their customers by providing a coherent, color balanced, and seamless view of the world. They needed a supplier who understood their needs in terms of data specifications and quality requests. They were looking for a product that would meet their strict requirements and provide accurate, reliable, and up-to-date information.

Thales also required a solution that would be easy to integrate into their existing systems and workflows. They needed a product that would be compatible with their existing software and hardware infrastructure, and that would be easy to implement and maintain. Additionally, they needed a solution that would be scalable, so that they could easily expand and adapt as their needs changed over time.

Furthermore, Thales needed a supplier who would be responsive to their needs and provide excellent customer service. They needed a company that would be dedicated to meeting their requirements and providing ongoing support and maintenance.

Overall, Thales was looking for a global imagery basemap that would not only meet their high-quality standards but also provide a better user experience, easy integration, scalability, and responsive customer service. They were looking for a supplier who understood their needs and would work closely with them to ensure the success of their simulation solution.

The Benefits

A Realistic Experience for Pilots

These are the key benefits that Thales gained by using PlanetSAT basemap in their flight simulation solutions.

1. Improved User Experience: By implementing PlanetSAT Global imagery basemap, Thales solutions provide a better user experience for pilots, with more realistic environments and a near real-world experience.
2. Enhanced Visual Quality: The high visual quality of the imagery basemap helps create more realistic environments and improves the overall experience for pilots.
3. Hyper-realistic 3D Landscapes: The imagery basemap offers an enhanced virtual environment with hyper-realistic 3D landscapes, providing a more immersive experience.
4. Reduced Development and Production Costs: Using an off-the-shelf basemap, such as PlanetSAT Global, can help reduce development and production costs for Thales.
5. Proven Success in Similar Applications: The product has already been proven successful in similar flight solutions, such as flight planning and real-time aircraft navigation applications.

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