Biodynamic and Cognitive Impact of Long Duration Wear of the JSF Helmet Mounted Display During Normal Flight Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0143
Agency Tracking Number: N081-031-0226
Amount: $79,982.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-031
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
INFOSCITEX CORP.
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kristen LeRoy
 Group Leader, Electro-Mechanical Sy
 (781) 890-1338
 kleroy@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Unites States Navy, United States Air Force, and European Air Force have documented neck injury rates of 50% or higher ranging from minor neck strain to cervical vertebral fracture. Lighter helmets were developed and implemented in hopes of reducing injuries, but the modern trend has been to mount all the critical information and symbology on the helmet. The neck load limits under operational conditions are unknown, so the Infoscitex team is developing a methodology for establishing measurement techniques to determine the physical and cognitive effects of long duration wear of the helmets during flight missions, and how that may impact pilot performance. IST has assembled a distinguished team to address this proposal. We are proposing a novel approach to meeting the requirements called for in the solicitation. At the conclusion of Phase II, we will have demonstrated our measurement techniques in a ground-based dynamic flight simulator.

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