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Enhanced Flight Simulator

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
77865
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N064-008-0253
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Enhanced Flight Simulator
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-06-M-0209
Award Amount: $69,954.00
 

Abstract:

Modern flight simulators utilize combinations of motion, visual stimulation, and occasionally tactile body stimulation. Despite advances in these fields, simulators remain limited in the amount and type of motion simulation they can impart to a pilot. Direct vestibular stimulation can generate continuous sensed motions, and therefore holds promise for improving flight simulators by incorporating vestibular cueing with more traditional stimulations. Our solution is based on combining a small, lightweight motion base and a high-end visual display with a vestibular stimulation device. Incorporating vestibular cueing into a flight simulator will allow us to leverage the motion simulation generated by the vestibular system to design a motion platform that is smaller and lighter than conventional platforms, while still providing the full system with far increased capabilities over traditional flight simulators. The team assembled for this work is ideally suited to carry out the research and development of the proposed system. The clinical team from the Mayo Clinic includes expertise in military flight physiology as well as decades of experience in vestibular studies. The Infoscitex team is similarly equipped to tackle the system designs and move the project towards a commercial product.BENEFITS: Incorporating vestibular cueing into a flight simulator will allow us to design a motion platform that is smaller and lighter than conventional platforms, while still providing far increased capabilities over traditional flight simulators. This will be of great interest both to the military and to the entertainment industry. In addition, the results obtained will be the first necessary steps to developing an artificial vestibular system. Such a device has the promise of a considerable market in a patient population suffering the after-effects of disease or traumatic injury that has affected their native vestibular system.

Principal Investigator:

Anna Galea
Biomedical Systems Manage
7818901338
agalea@infoscitex.com

Business Contact:

William Thompson
Contracts Official
7818901338
bthompson@infoscitex.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

INFOSCITEX CORP.
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA 02451

EIN/Tax ID: 043537120
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
MAYO CLINIC
13400 East Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259-
Contact: Marylin Louie
Contact Phone: (480) 301-4481
RI Type: Domestic nonprofit research organization