Limburg is one of the Netherlands’ 12 provinces. Situated between Belgium and Germany, the Region is dominated by borders. Long, tall Limburg has 351 km of borders with other countries and is connected to the rest of the Netherlands by just 113 km. It’s not surprising that Limburgians have traditionally looked further than the borders and have worked, studied or shopped in...

BlueTea helps send Boeing into space virtually

[Ittervoort/Philadelphia, 28 June 2017] – BlueTea, a Dutch developer of modular 3D training simulations based in the Province of Limburg, will be helping Boeing (NYSE: BA) send the astronauts piloting its CST- 100 Starliner spacecraft into orbit. Boeing has contracted the firm to build a Virtual Reality system based on advanced Simulated Training technology and BlueTea’s own VirtualStudio® software. Thanks to this efficient system, astronauts can prepare for the unique challenges of their spaceflight while they still have both feet planted safely on Earth.


Boeing's CST-100 Starliner is under development in collaboration with NASA's Commercial Crew Program to transport humans to low-Earth orbit destinations, such as the International Space Station. It takes extensive training for astronauts to learn how to handle any situation that could arise in the harsh environment of space. Through high-fidelity training simulations and now virtual reality systems, Starliner pilots will be equipped with the right skills to make split-second decisions and ensure mission success.


Ultimately, the point of the system is to provide astronauts a safe and cost-effective training environment in the form of a fully virtual 3D cockpit. Ruud Dullens, CEO of BlueTea: “BlueTea’s experience in developing flexible, high-fidelity training simulations using the latest immersive technology, like virtual and augmented reality, enables clients to train at any time, place and circumstance.” Each and every component of the Starliner’s virtual cockpit, right down to the tiniest switch, must be digitally connected to the spacecraft’s physical simulator located in Houston. That way, astronauts can prepare for every possible scenario, both virtually and in the real world.


Unique intelligence allows separate 3D models and training scenarios

Boeing will be integrating the software developed by BlueTea into its own systems and coordinating between Boeing’s Virtual Reality Lab in Philadelphia and the Starliner training systems in Houston.


The first phase of the project involves creating a 3D simulation of part of the cockpit and linking it to the hardware simulator. For this, BlueTea uses VirtualStudio®, a software package that it developed in-house. The software is unique in the world of 3D training simulations because its intelligent 3D models and training

 scenarios are completely separate. That means that the training manager can come up with endless combinations of controls, tools and events.


The second phase of the project involves developing a full 3D cockpit and using VirtualStudio® to communicate with the hardware simulator. From that point on, the astronauts in training can use the scenarios designed by their training manager in the VR lab to practice in a real-time and fully interactive environment, no matter where they are in the world or what medium they have available (PC, tablet, VR glasses and other devices).

International collaboration is an important factor for Boeing, giving it access to the very best technology worldwide. Hence, BlueTea has demonstrated their advanced capabilities in virtual reality in aerospace with hands-on training simulations and gamification.


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Contact person

Ton Bongers, founder of BlueTea (+31 475-56 75 62 or ...)


About BlueTea

Its solutions support hands-on training with simulations and gamification. Virtual training has proved to be an effective way of preparing for real-life practice. It is also an ideal training environment when a physical simulation would be too expensive or hazardous. Adding gaming elements to the training tools increases the fun factor, leading to more efficient knowledge transfer. The user experience is more intense and users learn the process or procedure faster as a result. BlueTea is strategically located in Limburg, the southernmost region of the Netherlands, sandwiched between Germany and Belgium and no more than 90 minutes away from at least 5 international airports and 6 universities. For more information, visit www.bluetea.nl.

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