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An Evaluation Environment for a Helmet-Mounted Synthetic Degraded Visual Environment Display

Peinecke, Niklas and Knabl, Patrizia and Schmerwitz, Sven and Doehler, Hans-Ullrich (2014) An Evaluation Environment for a Helmet-Mounted Synthetic Degraded Visual Environment Display. In: 33rd DASC. 33rd DASC, 5.-9. Oct. 2014, Colorado Springs, CO, USA.

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Abstract

Degraded visual environment (DVE) is a term coined for environmental conditions that impair the visual orientation of a helicopter pilot during flight or landing. These conditions include brown-out, but also night, glare, fog and mist, as well as combinations of those. In order to assist pilots under DVE conditions DLR, the German Aerospace Center, initiated project ALLFlight. Using a combination of multi-sensor fusion, specialized symbologies for head-down and helmet-mounted display, and database augmentation the pilot should be enabled to safely operate the helicopter. Based on an earlier implementation of a synthetic head-down display an implementation for a head-tracked, helmet-mounted system is implemented. Since color is presently not an option for head-up displays, alternative symbologies have to be considered, including variations in transparency, density of terrain displays and size and shape variations for obstacle representation. In this paper we present a simulator setup for evaluating the display concepts developed. This includes various simulation stages for visual and sensor input and a flexible simulator cockpit for testing variations of display concepts. We detail the implementation architecture and present first evaluation details from a recent pilot study.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/88526/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:An Evaluation Environment for a Helmet-Mounted Synthetic Degraded Visual Environment Display
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Peinecke, Niklasniklas.peinecke (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Knabl, Patriziapatrizia.knabl (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schmerwitz, Svensven.schmerwitz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Doehler, Hans-Ullrichulli.doehler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:2014
Journal or Publication Title:33rd DASC
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:helicopter landing, degraded visual environments, helmet-mounted display, conformal display, flight simulation
Event Title:33rd DASC
Event Location:Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:5.-9. Oct. 2014
Organizer:DASC
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Efficient Flight Guidance
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Peinecke, Dr.rer.nat. Niklas
Deposited On:18 Mar 2014 11:31
Last Modified:17 Jun 2015 12:48

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