The challenge

Since cadets are required to jump from planes while attending the Academy, the United States Air Force Academy wanted to provide a fun and engaging way to introduce new cadets to the world of parachuting, including when to jump, pull their chute, as well as how to control the chute. This training simulation need to improve the cognitive understanding of how air currents will affect the maneuverability of paratroopers. 

The Solution

Designing Digitally created a custom 3D training simulation for USAFA to be used as a training tool for the cadets prior to the first jump completed early in their careers as an air force cadet. The use of this 3D simulation allows users to learn when to jump out of a moving plane when to pull the cord for the parachute, as well as how to steer the parachute to land in a certain area while experiencing air currents based on the environment. This simulation is built into a web-based virtual campus tour and users are able to earn points through the 3D training simulation that can be used to purchase items from the virtual store. By continuing to practice, a user can continue to earn points as they learn the proper techniques. 

Training Simulation - Paratrooper Landing & Maneuverability - Plane Flying
Training Simulation - Paratrooper Landing & Maneuverability - Plane Flying
Training Simulation - Paratrooper Landing & Maneuverability - Skydiving
Training Simulation - Paratrooper Landing & Maneuverability - Maneuvering through Objectives
Training Simulation - Paratrooper Landing & Maneuverability - Deploying Parachute
Training Simulation - Paratrooper Landing & Maneuverability - Landing on Target

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