NEXT Pilot

A future pilot (in virtual reality goggles) navigates a training sortie as Pilot Training Next instructor Capt. Jay Pothula (left), NASA aerospace engineer intern Derrick Ng, and NASA Extravehicular Activities Physiologist Alex Garbino watch. Now in its third iteration, Pilot Training Next is experimenting with low-cost virtual reality simulation in an effort to better prepare pilot trainees more quickly and at lower cost. NASA and the Air Force are working together to collect physiological and cognitive data to better understand and maximize learning potential for individual students.