Instructors training today’s students the fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Orbital Mechanics are challenged to provide a learning experience that is engaging, increases skill retention and effectively builds intuition around behaviors in Space. Instructors want to give students who take on the challenge to understand the concepts within this complex area of science the most out of their learning experience; providing students with learning tools that they are motivated to interact with because they are fun to use, adaptive, and challenging better ensures skill mastery and creates a real motivation to learn.
Boecore has developed a gamified training experience for students interested in learning about satellites, orbits, and maneuvering in the vacuum of Space all of which are governed by Kepler’s Laws; one that teaches the principles of Space in an engaging way for more effective skill retention and mastery while overcoming traditional learning limitations. Keplera™ provides an engaging learning experience that encourages students to “play” often from anywhere to quickly hone their skills and become experts. It provides incentives, modes of play, and levels of competition to encourage frequent engagement so students master learning objectives quicker and retain their proficiency. And to ensure effectiveness, data and analytics on performance against learning objectives and scoring are key features for instructors along with scenario authoring to easily create what-if scenarios on the fly. An easy-to-use virtual environment that is configurable for quick scenario authoring is critical to keeping the system affordable and extensible, so students remain challenged as learning objectives evolve.
Keplera™ solution has an intuitive game interface that offers skirmish and campaign modes and individual and team play modes to promote competition as players advance. Players are challenged to demonstrate understanding of learning objectives, Space Director’s guidance and Space asset management as they work to beat the clock in a variety of Space-based scenarios. The Space asset modeling & simulation engine, based on the Unity Game Engine, enables rapid visualization of on orbit satellites that players maneuver to try their skill at rendezvous and avoidance situations. Players can run through multiple scenarios quickly and watch each play out in a 3D graphical environment that puts their Space understanding to the test and view scores and feedback while checking out rankings on leaderboards. A Sandbox mode allows players to explore behaviors in Space at their pace; experimenting with the effects of changing classical orbital elements and maneuvering to match orbits or avoid conjunctions. A Two-Line Element (TLE) set import and edit capability allows players to study real-world satellite constellations and create their own satellites to understand behaviors in LEO, MEO, HEO, and GEO orbits and the differing types of orbit transfers including Lambert and Hohmann.
More About the Technology
Boecore’s Keplera™ solution has foundational game-based mechanics and game quality performance designed to improve user engagement, skill retention, performance assessment and sustained proficiency while reducing time of skill mastery and training costs. Its state-of-the-art game look & feel and rapid scenario authoring provide more engaging scenarios and improved user interaction for increased learning and retention. The performance metrics and learning analytics better assess the effectiveness of training and allow instructors to focus and shift learning goals, improving both student and instructor satisfaction.
Game Features: Unity Game Engine, Scoring & Leaderboard, Scenario Authoring, High-End Visualization Graphics, Sandbox Learning Mode, End-to-End Single Player, Skirmish & Campaign Modes, Knowledge Checks, Clock & Time Control, Space Director’s Guidance, After Action Review, and Tooltips & Help
Space Learning Features: Space 101 Lessons, Tutorial & Glossary of Terms, Basic Maneuvering & Orbit Previews, Satellite Propagation, Satellite Orbit Editor & Import, Natural & Forced Motion Circumnavigation (NMC/FMC), Inertial & RIC Frames of Reference, Satellite Baseball Cards, Engagement Zones, Delta-V Impulse & Fuel Awareness, and Satellite Rendezvous Proximity Operations (RPO) Scenarios for advanced players
More Space Learning Features: Imaging & Jamming, AI-enabled On-Orbit Offensive Capability, Solar/Earth/Moon Exclusion Angles, Launch Vehicle Avoidance, Space Object Surveillance & Identification (SOSI) Stations, Communication Envelopes, Fuel Optimization