Helicopter Operations Aircrew/Crew Chief Trainer

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,990.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N61339-04-P-0035
Agency Tracking Number:
N032-0658
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
13766 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA, 90250
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
028281020
Principal Investigator:
Edward Bachelder
Senior Research Engineer
(310) 679-2281
edbach@systemstech.com
Business Contact:
Thomas Myers
Vice President
(310) 679-2281
tmyers@systemstech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The effectiveness and safety of complex, multi-role helicopter platforms such as the Pave Hawk and Seahawk require that the cabin crew interact seamlessly with the flight crew and a dynamic external environment. Due to physical constraints and fidelitylimitations, however, current simulation designs fail to accommodate a wide range of training. The proposal herein introduces a novel and elegant approach to this challenge by employing three proven technologies - live video capture, real-time videoediting (blue screen imaging), and virtual environment simulation - thus offering a quantum jump in training realism and capability. Video from the trainee's perspective is sent to a processor that preserves near-space (cabin environment) pixels and makestransparent the far-space (out-the-cabin) pixels using blue screen imaging techniques. This bitmap is overlaid on a virtual environment, and sent to the trainee's helmet mounted display. Thus the user directly views the physical cabin environment, whilethe simulated outside world serves as a backdrop. Using this technique, a litter that is physically pushed out and lowered from the cabin can be replaced by a virtual surrogate, which proceeds to be lowered into the simulated environment. A motionplatform, cabin mock-up, and a speech analyzer comprise the remainder of the trainer.

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