Preventing Simulator Sickness in Onboard Flight Simulators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0295
Agency Tracking Number: N08A-011-0036
Amount: $69,953.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: N08-T011
Solitcitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
SA PHOTONICS
650 5th Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Duns: 119301831
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Browne
 VP of Product Development
 (408) 348-4426
 m.browne@saphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Jim Coward
Title: President
Phone: (415) 977-0553
Email: j.coward@saphotonics.com
Research Institution
 OLD DOMINION UNIV.
 Ginger S Watson
 VMASC
1030 University Blvd
Norfolk, VA, 23529
 (757) 683-3246
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
As more flight training is done in simulators instead of aircraft, the effects of simulator sickness on pilots is having a bigger impact on their training schedule. Navy pilots not only have to deal with simulator sickness, but with the compounding effect of being on-board a moving ship, whose motions do not correspond to the mission they are flying in their simulator. This combination of effects can exacerbate sim-sickness, resulting in reduced training and possibly reduced pilot effectiveness, especially if the simulator exposure makes the pilot unfit to fly. SA Photonics, along with its teammates from the Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center, have come up with an innovative method of predicting simulator sickness on an individual basis, real-time, for each mission. We will modify the mission if necessary, to ensure pilots can complete each training mission without becoming sim-sick. We will also develop a training system that can help condition pilots so that the effects of shipboard sim-sickness are minimized. As part of this, we will investigate the design of a portable training hardware system, which will habituate pilots to simulator and motion sickness without having to tie up the flight simulator.

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