The prototyping high bay allows for the development and evaluation of autonomous systems. The high bay is approximately 150' by 75' by 30' high and includes a number of unique features and systems to support experimentation with a combination of ground and air vehicles, as well as people that are interacting with the systems.
- Real-time, accurate motion capture of many entities (vehicles and humans) for experimental ground truth or closed loop control. This system will allow tracking of 50 objects at 120hz to 1000hz with positional accuracy of 0.1mm and angular accuracy of 0.1 degrees within the full volume of the high bay.
High-speed cameras mounted on high-speed pan-tilt units within the high bay can be cued by the tracking system allowing a vehicle or person to be kept within the camera field of view.
GPS repeaters and GPS simulator allow testing of GPS systems and control.
- Directional sound system can inject appropriate environmental acoustic signals to allow, for example, emulation of movement of entities such as troops or vehicles.
- A 40' by 40' section on the floor can be flooded to a 4" depth.
- The high bay is observable (and operations can be controlled) from four separate human-interaction labs that have large windows overlooking the high bay. These observation windows have electrically operated metal shutters if isolation is needed.
- All windows and the skylight have shutters to allow operations in a dark environment.
- The high bay can accommodate use of internal combustion engines.
- A five-ton crane is available for moving equipment and materials within the high bay.