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Chasing the sun: the in-flight evaluation of an optical head tracker
Author(s): Michael R. Sedillo; David W. Harris; Douglas L. Franck
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Paper Abstract

The objective of this paper is to present the details surrounding the experimental design and flight test program used to evaluate the performance of an Optical Head Tracker (OHT) under dynamic flight and intense solar conditions. This program was a collaborative effort led by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in close concert with NASA-Glenn Research Center (NGRC) based in Cleveland Ohio and contractors supporting the laboratory. The thrust of this paper will focus on the experimental design necessary to effectively evaluate the OHT performance, as well as safety of flight considerations necessary to satisfy both AFRL and NASA strict safety requirements. Discussions will include airborne platform selection, modification, and operations necessary to achieve maximum solar exposure on the OHT while ensuring a representative environment was presented to the OHT during the experiment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6224, Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays XI: Technologies and Applications, 62240A (18 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.663562
Show Author Affiliations
Michael R. Sedillo, Ball Aerospace Corp. (United States)
David W. Harris, General Dynamics (United States)
Douglas L. Franck, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6224:
Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays XI: Technologies and Applications
Randall W. Brown; Peter L. Marasco; Clarence E. Rash; Colin E. Reese, Editor(s)

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