Evaluation for Vibrotactile Systems in Helicopter Hover and EVA Environments.
Quarterly rept. 1 Sep-30 Nov 95,
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
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The vibrotactile VT advanced technology demonstration ATD introduces a novel human-machine interface, namely, haptic stimulation through a VT suit to improve military personnel performance. The complete vibrotactile VT suit system will include three main components a sensor package to acquire motion and orientation information, a control computer that will condition and convert the sensor information into output drive signals, and the VT suit for the test pilots. Design solutions for a navigation sensor package to be used in helicopter hover and extravehicular activity EVA environments is currently being undertaken. Integrating an Inertial Navigation System INS with the Global Positioning System GPS has provided numerous benefits, and with the recent advances in Kalman filtering techniques, the number continues to grow. In addition to increased navigation accuracy under dynamic conditions, tracking accuracy has improved, CPU time has decreased and crew workload has decreased. The dual lNGP system has already proven its strength in a variety of capacities such as helicopter flight path control, flight path management, flight testing and helicopter approach. While research efforts continue to establish a portfolio for this dual system, much of the present attention had been given to reducing the development and acquisition costs.
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