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Preventing Simulator Sickness in Onboard Flight Simulators

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
85142
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-011-0036
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SA Photonics
130A Knowles Dr. Los Gatos, CA 95032
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Preventing Simulator Sickness in Onboard Flight Simulators
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-08-C-0295
Award Amount: $69,953.00
 

Abstract:

As more flight training is done in simulators instead of aircraft, the effects of simulator sickness on pilots is having a bigger impact on their training schedule. Navy pilots not only have to deal with simulator sickness, but with the compounding effect of being on-board a moving ship, whose motions do not correspond to the mission they are flying in their simulator. This combination of effects can exacerbate sim-sickness, resulting in reduced training and possibly reduced pilot effectiveness, especially if the simulator exposure makes the pilot unfit to fly. SA Photonics, along with its teammates from the Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center, have come up with an innovative method of predicting simulator sickness on an individual basis, real-time, for each mission. We will modify the mission if necessary, to ensure pilots can complete each training mission without becoming sim-sick. We will also develop a training system that can help condition pilots so that the effects of shipboard sim-sickness are minimized. As part of this, we will investigate the design of a portable training hardware system, which will habituate pilots to simulator and motion sickness without having to tie up the flight simulator.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Browne
VP of Product Development
4083484426
m.browne@saphotonics.com

Business Contact:

Jim Coward
President
4159770553
j.coward@saphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SA PHOTONICS
650 5th Street Suite 505 San Francisco, CA 94107

EIN/Tax ID: 611427995
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
OLD DOMINION UNIV.
VMASC
1030 University Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529
Contact: Ginger S. Watson
Contact Phone: (757) 683-3246
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university