Accession Number : ADA101905
Title : The Application of Biocybernetic Techniques to Enhance Pilot Performance during Tactical missions.
Descriptive Note : Final rept.,
Corporate Author : MCDONNELL DOUGLAS ASTRONAUTICS CO ST LOUIS MO
Personal Author(s) : Gomer, Frank E ; Beideman, Larry R ; Levine, Sheldon H
Report Date : 01 Oct 1979
Pagination or Media Count : 182
Abstract : This report describes a rather novel means of enhancing man's performance in highly complex, crew station environments. Specifically, we have related the benefits of on-line evaluation of physiological data to projected mission requirements for a 1990 tactical aircraft. The salient role that tactical air power must continue to play in the structure of U.S. defense forces has engendered a sophisticated technological approach to weapon system development. Therefore, we begin with an overview of the components of a 'high technology' weapon system - real-time command and control, advanced crew station and avionics design, effective defense suppression, sensor aided target acquisition, and precision-guided ordnance. Although a reliance upon advanced technology and a trend toward greater automation of aircraft functions are clearly evident, the importance of the human element should not be underestimated. This is especially true if the system is to retain the capacity to anticipate and respond to unpredictable threats. Herein lies the present dilemma. Man-in-the-loop assures that tactical aircraft will have an inherent flexibility. However, if man is unable to perform increasingly complex tasks both rapidly and accurately under all combat situations, he may severely limit, and perhaps even undermine, the inventive technology of the system he controls. It may be possible to solve this problem by taking advantage of the same improvements in digital computation and signal processing that currently influence hardware development.
Descriptors : *PILOTS , *MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS , *CYBERNETICS , *BIOENGINEERING , AVIONICS , OPTIMIZATION , DECISION MAKING , FLIGHT CREWS , MONITORING , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , MISSION PROFILES , AUGMENTATION , DISPLAY SYSTEMS , FEEDBACK , COMPUTER APPLICATIONS , MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE , FLIGHT MANEUVERS , ATTENTION , OVERLOAD , TACTICAL AIRCRAFT , AIRCRAFT FIRE CONTROL SYSTEMS , INFORMATION PROCESSING , ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY , PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY , ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY
Subject Categories : Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE