Development of Multisensory Orientation Technology for Reducing Spatial Disorientation Mishaps
Final rept. Apr 2002-Jun 2005
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH HUMAN EFFECTIVENESS DIRECTORATE
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The Air Force regards Spatial Disorientation SD and loss of situational awareness SA as contributing factors in operational Class A 1 M in aircraft loss andor pilot fatality aircraft mishaps. Multisensory systems have been developed to enhance the aircraft altitude information to the pilot. The systems incorporate multisensory aids including helmet-mounted symbology and tactile and audio cues. Two systems have been prototyped and demonstrated in the Air Force Research Laboratory. The technology could have application in the rotary-wing brownout program. This paper discusses the development of two systems and a potential application including an augmented cognition application. Unlike automatic ground collision avoidance systems, these systems do not take over the aircraft if a pre-set altitude is broached by the pilot rather, these multisensory systems provide complementary attitude cues to the pilot via the tactile, audio. and visual systems that allow the pilot to continue flying through disorienting conditions.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding