A Summary of Simulator Sickness Ratings for U.S. Army Aviation Engineering Simulators
Final rept. May-Aug 2010
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD HUMAN RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING DIRECTORATE
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The U.S. Army Research Laboratory Human Research and Engineering Directorate ARL HRED uses U.S. Army Aviation engineering helicopter simulators to assess crewstation design for new or modified aircraft. This report summarizes pilot Simulator Sickness Questionnaire SSQ ratings for seven engineering simulators. The ratings were obtained from pilots during the assessments and used to identify if the simulators induced simulator sickness SS symptoms, if the symptoms caused significant discomfort which distracted the pilots during missions, and contributed to an increase in perceived workload. To assess whether the SSQ ratings provided by the pilots during the assessments were similar or different to ratings obtained in other helicopter simulators, the mean SSQ scores for the evaluated simulators were compared to the mean SSQ scores for several other helicopter simulators. Data collection and analysis of SSQ ratings will continue to play a meaningful role in the assessment and future development of U.S Army Aviation engineering simulators.
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