Low Cost G-cues for Pilot Training Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0510
Agency Tracking Number: N102-138-0300
Amount: $79,908.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-138
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anna Galea
 BAM, Bioscience & Biomedi
 (781) 890-1338
 agalea@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 Andrea Hicks
Title: Contracts Supervisor
Phone: (937) 429-9008
Email: ahicks@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Pilots of today’s high performance aircraft must simultaneously process not only the ever-changing visual field outside the cockpit and at the controls, but also the fluctuating gravitational vector and the vibrations of the airframe. Flight simulators are critical in preparing pilots to integrate useful sensory input and ignore extraneous cues without the costs and risks of real flight training. As simulation is an essential component of pilot training, an ideal system would be highly realistic and widely available. Currently several flight simulator systems exist, including various seats and full-motion platforms. However, such products are costly and possess limitations that restrict the simulation’s authenticity. As such, there is no single system on the market that can impart both g-cues and vibration to the entire body. Our unique Dynamic Integrated Simulator Cueing (DISC) Suit integrates g-cues and vibration inputs to the whole body. While it thereby provides a highly realistic experience, the suit is also engineered from materials that keep its overall cost low, and it can be used to augment any and all existing flight simulators. The DISC Suit can consequently serves as an ideal option for training our pilots in a highly effective and low-cost solution.

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