Multisensory Integration for Pilot Spatial Orientation
Final rept. May 2004-Sep 2006
MICRO ANALYSIS AND DESIGN BOULDER CO
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This program modeled pilot spatial disorientation illusions as part of a real-time illusion detection and aiding system. The models and detection algorithms focus on human vestibular responses to aircraft motion. The aiding portion of the product was part of a comprehensive approach to combating the adverse effects of SD on military and civilian pilots. Four experiments supported the detection and aiding calculations. Two focused on creating vestibular illusions and quantifying pilot perception of those illusions for the models. The other two experiments focused on the aiding portion of the system and tested an innovative visual cue as well as the efficacy of voice and tactile commands for recovering for unusual attitudes. The vestibular models formed the foundation of a tool for post hoc flight data analysis from SD mishaps. Twelve total data sets were analyzed to help fine-tune the tool. The program was very successful.
- Military Aircraft Operations