The U.S. SOCOM trains parachutists for high-altitude high-opening (HAHO) operations, which includes a lengthy glide phase up to 20km. They needed a way to account for winds and weather and stay on target under all visibility conditions.
Nanohmics worked with Special Forces parachute training school to develop GLIDELINE, a parachute mission planner and navigation tool that could be hosted on a commercial mobile device. GLIDELINE mission planner used wind forecast data to help select the release point for the designated jump time. GLIDELINE navigation displayed directional ques and the winds profile at each altitude as the jumper descended, allowing a breakthrough situational awareness of the air conditions throughout the jump.
BENEFIT TO CLIENT
Nanohmics GLIDELINE was used by over 500 special forces jumpers and was influential in the acceptance of wider military use of COTS mobile devices and software. Elements of this capability were integrated into the Airforce sponsored Android Tactical Assault Kit and Army’s Nettwarrior.