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Helicopter Operations Aircrew/Crew Chief Trainer

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
65112
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N032-0658
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Systems Technology Inc.
13766 Hawthorne Blvd. Hawthorne, CA 90250-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Helicopter Operations Aircrew/Crew Chief Trainer
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N61339-04-P-0035
Award Amount: $69,990.00
 

Abstract:

The effectiveness and safety of complex, multi-role helicopter platforms such as the Pave Hawk and Seahawk require that the cabin crew interact seamlessly with the flight crew and a dynamic external environment. Due to physical constraints and fidelitylimitations, however, current simulation designs fail to accommodate a wide range of training. The proposal herein introduces a novel and elegant approach to this challenge by employing three proven technologies - live video capture, real-time videoediting (blue screen imaging), and virtual environment simulation - thus offering a quantum jump in training realism and capability. Video from the trainee's perspective is sent to a processor that preserves near-space (cabin environment) pixels and makestransparent the far-space (out-the-cabin) pixels using blue screen imaging techniques. This bitmap is overlaid on a virtual environment, and sent to the trainee's helmet mounted display. Thus the user directly views the physical cabin environment, whilethe simulated outside world serves as a backdrop. Using this technique, a litter that is physically pushed out and lowered from the cabin can be replaced by a virtual surrogate, which proceeds to be lowered into the simulated environment. A motionplatform, cabin mock-up, and a speech analyzer comprise the remainder of the trainer.

Principal Investigator:

Edward Bachelder
Senior Research Engineer
3106792281
edbach@systemstech.com

Business Contact:

Thomas T. Myers
Vice President
3106792281
tmyers@systemstech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
13766 S. Hawthorne Blvd. Hawthorne, CA 90250

EIN/Tax ID: 951957989
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No