|Virtual Pilot Study (VPS)|
the goals set forth by ONR and by ASAP investigators, we are
developing an observational infrastructure (the “system”) that is
robust, scalable, and sustainable. The system is not the goal, but our
research goals require a working system.
The purpose of the VPS is to test the system in its entirety. The fundamental purpose of a pilot experiment (whether “real” or “virtual”) is to shake out the wrinkles in an experimental plan so that time and resources are used most efficiently during the actual field program.
The VPS is “virtual” only in the sense that no observing hardware will be placed in the field. Asset movement and profile data will be simulated. All other aspects of the system will be utilized in the same manner as if we were engaged in a field operation.
What is real, what is virtual