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Integrating DVE, cueing technologies, and pilot performance metrics into a research grade helicopter simulator
Author(s): Donald E. Swanberg; John G. Ramiccio; Deborah Russell; Kathryn A. Feltman; Aaron M. McAtee; Rolf Beutler; Angus H. Rupert; Ian P. Curry; Michael Wilson; Thomas H. Harding
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory has transformed its NUH-60 Blackhawk simulator into a degraded visual environment (DVE) test bed capable of assessing integrated cueing technologies and their impact on flight performance. It is a unique simulator with the Lift Simulator Modernization Program database and is equipped with an enhanced brownout/whiteout model that replicates typical DVE conditions. The simulator is equipped with environmental temperature control and is a full-visual and full-motion simulator with six degrees-of-freedom. The flight simulator consists of a simulator compartment containing a cockpit, instructor/operator station, and observer station. It is equipped with eight Dell XIG visual image generator systems that simulate natural helicopter environments for day, dusk, night, and NVG with blowing sand or snow. The visual scenes data bases are created using satellite imagery of real-world locations. New sensor imaging capabilities produce realistic visuals that allow testing of DVE countermeasures. The simulator is equipped with USAARL’s Tactile Situation Awareness System (TSAS), which stimulates the pilot through belt-worn and seat-cushion “tactors” that vibrate to transmit through the sense of touch specific aircraft flight parameters such as drift, direction, and altitude. In addition, a glass cockpit façade allows UH-60 Mike model functionality. The simulator is now being used as part of the U.S. Army’s Research Development and Engineering Command’s DVE mitigation program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10197, Degraded Environments: Sensing, Processing, and Display 2017, 101970J (5 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2262214
Show Author Affiliations
Donald E. Swanberg, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab. (United States)
John G. Ramiccio, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab. (United States)
Deborah Russell, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab. (United States)
KBRwyle CAS Group (United States)
Kathryn A. Feltman, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab. (United States)
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (United States)
Aaron M. McAtee, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab. (United States)
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (United States)
Rolf Beutler, AECOM (United States)
Angus H. Rupert, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab. (United States)
Ian P. Curry, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab. (United States)
Michael Wilson, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab. (United States)
Thomas H. Harding, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10197:
Degraded Environments: Sensing, Processing, and Display 2017
John (Jack) N. Sanders-Reed; Jarvis (Trey) J. Arthur III, Editor(s)

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