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Three-Dimensional Displays In The Future Flight Station
Author(s): Alan L. Bridges
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Paper Abstract

This review paper summarizes the development and applications of computer techniques for the representation of three-dimensional data in the future flight station. It covers the development of the Lockheed-NASA Advanced Concepts Flight Station (ACFS) research simulators. These simulators contain: A Pilot's Desk Flight Station (PDFS) with five 13- inch diagonal, color, cathode ray tubes on the main instrument panel; a computer-generated day and night visual system; a six-degree-of-freedom motion base; and a computer complex. This paper reviews current research, development, and evaluation of easily modifiable display systems and software requirements for three-dimensional displays that may be developed for the PDFS. This includes the analysis and development of a 3-D representation of the entire flight profile. This 3-D flight path, or "Highway-in-the-Sky", will utilize motion and perspective cues to tightly couple the human responses of the pilot to the aircraft control systems. The use of custom logic, e.g., graphics engines, may provide the processing power and architecture required for 3-D computer-generated imagery (CGI) or visual scene simulation (VSS). Diffraction or holographic head-up displays (HUDs) will also be integrated into the ACFS simulator to permit research on the requirements and use of these "out-the-window" projection systems. Future research may include the retrieval of high-resolution, perspective view terrain maps which could then be overlaid with current weather information or other selectable cultural features.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 1984
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0507, Processing and Display of Three-Dimensional Data II, (24 October 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.944949
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Alan L. Bridges, Lockheed-Georgia Company (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0507:
Processing and Display of Three-Dimensional Data II
James J. Pearson, Editor(s)

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