Accession Number : ADA422198
Title : Tactile Situation Awareness System Flight Demonstration
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL
Personal Author(s) : McGrath, B J ; Estrada, A ; Braithwaite, M G ; Raj, A K ; Rupert, A H
Report Date : Mar 2004
Pagination or Media Count : 49
Abstract : The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) - Tactile Situation Awareness System (TSAS) flight demonstration project originated at the NASA Johnson Space Center and the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory with funding provided from the JSF Program Office. The JSF-TSAS project was conceived as a short-duration technology maturation and flight demonstration program. The JSF Flight Systems Integrated Product Team (IPT) provided overall project management and funding throughout the demonstration effort. The project integrated a tactile display, F-22 cooling vest, and GPS/INS technologies into a single synergistic system in a UH-60 helicopter. A 10-event test operation was conducted to demonstrate the utility of this advanced human-machine interface. Four demonstration pilots were selected to fly the flight events. Summary results showed that TSAS technologies have the potential to increase pilot situational awareness and reduce pilot workload when using the tactile display, especially during simulated shipboard operations in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). Prototype hardware development showed that tactile displays could be integrated into existing flight gear. The test pilots successfully performed all maneuvers with degraded outside visual cues, relying on tactile cues for the necessary information. Using TSAS, pilots demonstrated improved control of aircraft during complex flight conditions.
Descriptors : *MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS , *MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE , *FLIGHT MANEUVERS , *FLIGHT SIMULATION , *SITUATIONAL AWARENESS , FLIGHT TESTING , FIGHTER AIRCRAFT , PILOTS , PROTOTYPES , DISPLAY SYSTEMS , HELICOPTERS , JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , METEOROLOGY , SHIPBOARD , INSTRUMENTATION , FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS , SYNERGISM
Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE