Capt. Drake Williams, I3E program manager, interacts with I3E’s augmented reality space simulation at the SpaceDEN, a Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) facility located in El Segundo, Calif. (U.S. Space Force photo: Capt. Calvin Suratos)

Space Force taps Microsoft to build cloud-based, simulated space environment

The Integrated, Immersive, Intelligent Environment (I3E) is an augmented reality space simulation powered by Microsoft's HoloLens headsets.
Spc. Layne Alfieri, a soldier assigned to 1st Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, dons an Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) 1.2 prototype during the IVAS 1.2 Phase One User Assessment held by Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier on Fort Drum, August 22. The user assessment was designed to collect soldier feedback on the IVAS 1.2 prototypes. (U.S. Army photo by Jason Amadi, PEO Soldier Public Affairs)

Army awards Microsoft $95M for additional IVAS 1.2 headsets, virtual trainers

The Army is gearing up for expanded testing of the latest variant of Microsoft’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System.
U.S. soldiers assigned to 82nd Airborne 3rd Brigade Combat Team, train with the Integrated Visual Augmentation System as a part of Project Convergence 2022. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thiem Huynh)

Army acquisition chief sees ‘competitive environment’ for IVAS alternatives if Microsoft’s system doesn’t satisfy

The Army received IVAS 1.2 earlier this week and it will soon conduct “soldier touch points” to give potential end users the opportunity to provide feedback.