Accession Number:

ADA361767

Title:

Effects of Continuous and Strobing Laser Glare on Performance in a Visually Simulated Flight Task

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

VERIDIAN CORP SAN ANTONIO TX

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

Strobing laser glare may present a threat to aircrew. In addition to obscuring the visibility of instruments and terrain as continuous exposures can, strobing exposures could potentially impede visual motion processing. This report describes a study in which a low cost, medium-fidelity virtual cockpit environment was used to measure the effects of strobing vs. continuous laser exposure on performance in a visual flight task. Results suggest that strobing laser glare poses a legitimate threat to visual orientation control, that this threat might rival or eclipse that posed by continuous laser sources, and that further examination of the threat is needed.

Subject Categories:

  • Stress Physiology
  • Lasers and Masers
  • Protective Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE