Simulation of Thrust-Vectored Aircraft Maneuvers on a Human Centrifuge: Model Validation and Design for the Dynamic Environment Simulator
Interim rept. May 96-Sep 98
BIODYNAMIC RESEARCH CORP SAN ANTONIO TX
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This SBIR 2 final report covers three areas 1 current state of the art of the human factors effects of flying thrust vectored, or supermaneuverable, aircraft, 2 the development and validation of a model of the 3 axis Dynamic Environment Simulator DES centrifuge, and 3 potential upgrades to the 30 year old DES to enhance its performance. The F-22 will be the first production thrust vectored aircraft in aviation history. Because of its pitch axis thrust vector control, the F-22 can pitch at high rates of angular velocity as it flies. The human factors effects of controlling such an aircraft are unknown. The DES was modeled in order to evaluate its ability to replicate some multi-axis accelerations, or agile maneuvers. The MATLAB model allows researchers the ability to investigate such supermaneuvers as the Cobra, Herbst, and Hook on a PC before using the DES. It appears DES arm onset improvements above 3.5 Gsec will not improve agile flight simulation however, the addition of a fourth degree of freedom yaw axis platform for seat is likely to enhance multi-axis simulation fidelity.
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- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems