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SMART-NAS Test Bed Architecture Workshop
March 4, 2016

On February 24-25, 2016, NASA Ames hosted a Shadow Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART-NAS) Test Bed meeting, focused on the Architecture Design and Cost/Benefits Assessment. The workshop was attended by over eighty participants (approximately sixty in person, and more than twenty remotely) from the four NASA Aeronautics Centers and headquarters, the Federal Aviation Administration, and industry. The four NASA Research Announcement (NRA) teams, who presented their final architectures, were as follows:
  1. Boeing (lead) and George Mason University
  2. Crown Consulting (lead), Mosaic ATM, and Pragmeering
  3. Metron Aviation (lead), JVN Communication, and The Innovation Laboratory
  4. Robust Analytics (lead), SABRE, IBM, ATAC, JVN Communication, and Flight Research Associates
One important outcome of the workshop was to help solidify the choice of the test bed communication infrastructure for supporting existing and new research and operational air traffic management (ATM) systems. (POC: Kee Palopo)

Visual-Vestibular Active Psychophysics III Experiment at the Vertical Motion Simulator
March 4, 2016

Pilot loss of control (LOC) is the leading cause of jet casualties worldwide, and Congress has mandated that aircrews be trained in stall and upset recovery, which airlines attempt to do in motion-based simulators. However, simulator motion cueing systems must be configured to provide the best stall and recovery training. The Visual-Vestibular Active Psychophysics III (VVAP III) experiment, sponsored by NASA's Technologies for Airplane Situational Awareness (TASA) Project, is the third in a series of experiments aimed at developing cueing requirements for full stall recognition and recovery training. This experiment is being performed at the NASA Ames Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) between April 4 – May 20, 2016. The purpose of the third experiment in this series is to develop a model of the pilots' combined motion and visual perception dynamics in the pitch/longitudinal, roll/lateral, and heave axes. This model can then be used to configure simulator motion cueing systems for stall and recovery training. The VVAP experiment consists of a multi-axis pitch/roll-tracking task using an aircraft math model near stall. The pilot is asked to try and keep the aircraft level while a sum-of-sines disturbance is introduced in the pitch and roll axes. The pilot will track the disturbance in a simple primary flight display as seen in the figure. Fifteen to twenty general aviation pilots will participate in the experiment and will first train with limited or no motion and then perform the task with full motion in the pitch, longitudinal, roll, lateral and heave axes. Measurements of simulator visual and motion stimuli and pilot control inputs will be used to estimate the parameters of the pilot model. (POC: Scott Reardon)

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