Flight Crew State Monitoring Metrics

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CE88P
Agency Tracking Number: 085324
Amount: $99,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A1.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6106 Hour Hand Court, Columbia, MD, 21044-4702
DUNS: 784777950
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Fritz
 Principal Investigator
 (443) 745-4109
 StevenFritz@fly-esky.com
Business Contact
 Steven Fritz
Title: Business Official
Phone: (443) 745-4109
Email: StevenFritz@fly-esky.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
eSky will develop specific crew state metrics based on the timeliness, tempo and accuracy of pilot inputs required by the H-mode Flight Control System (HFCS). Specific scenarios will be developed which define required inputs by the pilot and metrics of timeliness, tempo and accuracy will be developed for each required input. An existing HFCS simulator will be enhanced to support the full scenarios and crew state metric capture. Human subject testing will validate the stability of the metrics in normal situations and the responsiveness of the metrics to crew state degradation due to high workload. Strategies for continuous real-time function allocation to crew and automation will be developed. At the end of phase 1 crew state monitoring metrics will be at TRL 4/5. In phase 2 we will incorporate these metrics and strategies into the HFCS simulator and evaluate the usability and validity of these metrics and strategies using both workload and hypoxia as means of controlled crew state degradation. At the end of phase 2 metric-based function reallocation will be implemented in a collaborative flight control system ready for incorporation into a full motion simulator at TRL 5.

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