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Improved situational awareness and mission performance for explosive ordnance disposal robots
Author(s): Kent Massey; Jared Sapp; Eddy Tsui
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Paper Abstract

The operator's situational awareness greatly affects mission performance for remote operations of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robots. Testing by Army EOD sergeants has shown that a Head-Aimed Remote Viewer (HARV) can significantly increase mission performance in several key tasks, such as identifying secondary Improvised Explosive Devices (IED's) and maneuvering in tight quarters. A HARV system improves the operator's situational awareness by providing an intuitive, "look around" vision interface that DARPA research4 has shown provides a 400% improvement in the operator's spatial understanding of the remote environment. This paper describes the results of functional testing conducted by US Army civilian engineers and EOD sergeants at Picatinny Arsenal, in support of W15QKN-06-C-0190.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7332, Unmanned Systems Technology XI, 73320O (30 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820188
Show Author Affiliations
Kent Massey, Chatten Associates, Inc. (United States)
Jared Sapp, U.S. Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)
Eddy Tsui, U.S. Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7332:
Unmanned Systems Technology XI
Grant R. Gerhart; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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