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Pilot Centric Motion Cueing Framework for Rotorcraft Shipboard Simulation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-17-C-0610
Agency Tracking Number: N172-109-0361
Amount: $224,802.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N172-109
Solicitation Number: 2017.2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-08-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-11
Small Business Information
34 Lexington Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08618
United States
DUNS: 096857313
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Keller
 Senior Associate
 (609) 538-0444
Business Contact
 Barbara Agans
Phone: (609) 538-0444
Research Institution

The effectiveness of rotorcraft flight simulation in handling qualities assessment and pilot training is enhanced by the presence of high-fidelity motion and body force cues, which can be particularly important for simulation of shipboard launch/recovery operations. Continuum Dynamics, Inc. (CDI) proposes to develop a model-based pilot-centric framework for the development and analysis of rotorcraft motion/force cueing systems with emphasis on shipboard operations. This model-based approach will combine high-fidelity aerodynamic models to characterize the rotorcraft operating environment and human perception models to develop and implement optimal cueing strategies. The approach can be used to evaluate an existing motion system quantitatively to assess motion cue fidelity and to integrate additional cueing hardware (e.g., dynamic motion seat) to enhance realism and improve effectiveness of the virtual environment. In Phase I, the pilot-centric motion/body force cueing framework will be developed, and framework sub-models will be evaluated and benchmarked. The methodology will be tested and evaluated using a representative tiltrotor simulation with G-seat to provide body force cues. Results from Phase I will provide a foundation for further development and evaluation within the NAVAIR V-22 simulator as part of follow-on activities.

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