Microsoft to create "mindblowing" AR space simulation in HoloLens for Space Force training 

Microsoft announced that it's killing WMR not too long ago.

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Key notes

  • US Space Force is pouring $19.8 million in partnership with Microsoft to create I3E.
  • The I3E is a “mind-blowing” AR space simulation for training in HoloLens devices.
  • I3E is currently accessible at its Los Angeles node, but will roll out worldwide via a Virtual Desktop.

Despite killing off Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft is still committed to HoloLens development, as evidenced by the recent $19.8 million investment from the US Space Force for virtual and mixed-reality training purposes. 

Microsoft’s Integrated, Immersive, Intelligent Environment (I3E) will use Azure cloud computing, simulations, and augmented reality to create realistic and dynamic simulations of the space environment through HoloLens. The contract runs until the next three years.

The goal is to help Guardians prepare for current and future space-based scenarios using “cutting-edge” tech in HoloLens devices. Microsoft further says that the I3E will harness its Mixed reality capabilities, which include the HoloLens 2 hardware and software suite, to create the most lifelike simulations possible.

Testimony from SSC is looking good so far. One says, “Picking up a headset and being able to visually interact with the planet and satellites and understand space more in depth was mind-blowing.”

I3E is currently accessible at its Los Angeles node, but the plan is to eventually make it available to Guardians worldwide via a Virtual Desktop. As the platform expands to accommodate more users, mission sets, and classification levels, it will be able to support additional critical Space Force locations.