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Tactical cockpits: the coming revolution
Author(s): Eugene C. Adam
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Paper Abstract

A cockpit revolution is in the making. Many of the much ballyhooed, much promised, but little delivered technologies of the 70s and 80s will finally come of age in the 90s, just in time to complement the data explosion coming from sensor and processing advances. Technologies such as helmet systems, large flat panel displays, speech recognition, color graphics, decision aiding, and stereopsis are simultaneously reaching technology maturities that promise big payoffs for the third generation cockpit and beyond. The first generation cockpit used round dials to help the pilot keep the airplane flying right side up. The second generation cockpits used multifunction displays and the HUD to interface the pilot with sensors and weapons. What might the third generation cockpit look like? How might it integrate many of these technologies to simplify the pilot's life and most of all: what is the payoff? This paper examines tactical cockpit problems, the technologies needed to solve them, and recommends three generations of solutions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1992
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1694, Sensors and Sensor Systems for Guidance and Navigation II, (1 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138125
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Eugene C. Adam, McDonnell Aircraft Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1694:
Sensors and Sensor Systems for Guidance and Navigation II
Sharon S. Welch, Editor(s)

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