Helicopter Operations Aircrew/Crew Chief Trainer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N61339-04-P-0035
Agency Tracking Number: N032-0658
Amount: $69,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
13766 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA, 90250
DUNS: 028281020
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Bachelder
 Senior Research Engineer
 (310) 679-2281
Business Contact
 Thomas Myers
Title: Vice President
Phone: (310) 679-2281
Email: tmyers@systemstech.com
Research Institution
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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