Military & Robotics

Presented by Lockheed Martin


Ever wanted to know how those pilots land on an aircraft carrier? At Otronicon, you’ll see firsthand.

Experience state of the art military and government simulators not normally seen by the public. These are the actual tools professionals in these fields use to train with. Feel the rush pilots feel as they’re soaring at hundreds of miles per hour.

And for the daredevil in you, our larger-than-life racing simulators will have you feeling like you’re ready for the circuit! The modeling and simulation industry is quickly becoming one of the most important to Central Florida and these simulators will give you an up-close look.

Experience how video game technology is being used to create better pilots, drivers, soldiers, doctors and more through hands-on experiences with cutting-edge simulators that before now have rarely been available to the public.


    FIRST is a not-for-profit public organization for youth that uses robot challenges to build science and technology skills and interests. It is a character-driven program that also inspires self-confidence, leadership and life skills.

    FIRST is impacting students and volunteers everywhere from the U.S. to China and even the Netherlands! In fact, more than 300,000 students will take part in FIRST events and have the opportunity to win more than $16 million in scholarships.

    Students compete in one of two contests: the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge. Competitors will raise funds, design a team brand, and build and program a robot using materials supplied to them by FIRST that will go head-to-head with other teams.

    Be sure to meet these students, interact with their robots and learn how you can get involved in FIRST at Otronicon.


    If you thought "Call of Duty" was lifelike, wait until you engage with Program Manager Training Systems' "Deployable Virtual Training Environment"!

    DVTE, for short, is a laptop-based training simulation used by United States Marine Corps. That's right — this is what our soldiers are using to train! This particular simulation utilizes Virtual Battlespace 3, and users can control a tactically based first-person shooter that includes use of Marine Corps weapons and vehicles.

    If that's not enough, actual Marines will be on-hand to assist attendees and even go head-to-head with you. Your console games have nothing on this experience!


    Team Orlando, a local advocate for STEM learning, presents a selection of games from the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge.

    SGS&C celebrates video games as a platform for instructional media and is held at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando every year. The challenge is divided into three categories (business, government and student) and awards the best games that address a measurable learning opportunity.

    At Otronicon, guests can play six of the top games determined at the conference. Beyond just playing the game, staff and developers will be available to explain what went into making it.


    It's time to kick the tires and light the fires!

    Lockheed Martin returns to Otronicon for the 10th straight year to showcase their state-of-the-art simulators. Experience nine flight simulators including: HotSeat Simulators, RedBird Jay Simulators and Prepar3D Simulators. Experience the scenario and mission-focused engagement firsthand from one of the industry’s best!


    It's almost something out of "Star Trek" what JHT, Inc. is bringing to Otronicon.

    The Weapons Launch Console Team Trainer is a table-top touchscreen that allows users to complete tasks associated with weapons launch. Some require one-finger manipulation and light force (lever adjustments), while others require the full hand and full force (metal door opening and closing) depending on the requirements.

    Orlando-based, JHT is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business that specializes in four core areas of expertise: interactive training and education, technical data management, professional support solutions and environmental and marine science services.


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    The Science Center is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts. This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.