NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 A1.05-8346
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Crew Systems Technologies for Improved Aviation Safety
PROPOSAL TITLE: Auditory Presentation of H/OZ Critical Flight Data

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Emerald Sky Technologies, LLC
9250 Bendix Road N
Columbia, MD 21045 - 1832
(443) 542-9516

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Steven Fritz
StevenFritz@fly-esky.com
9250 Bendix Road N
Columbia, MD 21045 - 1832
(443) 542-9516

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 6
End: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Automation of a flight control system to perform functions normally attributed to humans is often not robust and limited to specific operating conditions and types of operation and a small set of fixed behaviors (i.e. modes). eSky has shown that metrics such as the time delay between a required control input from the crew and the actual input is sensitive to crew functional degradation through external distraction. We are currently developing strategies for using such crew state metrics to modulate the level of automation support provided to the flight crew. Dynamic reallocation of function between crew and automation can reduce the cognitive workload on the crew, enhance their ability to supervise the automation and help them intervene in the event of any failure or operation outside the desired operating conditions.
eSky is exploring function reallocation in a collaborative flight control system (HFCS) design pioneered at NASA Langley. HFCS combines precise flight control automation with rudimentary intelligence that the flight crew can guide using relatively simple mechanisms. HFCS automation manages short-term control tasks (e.g. path following) while the crew is required to direct every significant trajectory change using flight controls rather than an FMS interface to keep them engaged in conduct of the flight. The automation communicates intentions to the pilot through visual and haptic (tactile) feedback; the crew communicates intentions to the automation through conventional controls.
The HFCS user interface is primarily visual and tactile with limited auditory elements, mainly limited to a few alerts and warnings. eSky proposes to establish the auditory channel as a key element in providing flight dynamic information and cueing of required crew in puts in addition to envelope protection warnings. These new interface elements will be integrated into eSky's evolving strategies for functionality reallocation of between automation and crew.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The aim of this project is to develop auditory presentation methodology for flight dynamic information as a supplement to conventional, primarily visual, pilot display systems and provide a higher level of support for complex tasks in high workload situations. In an aircraft with a flight control system that supports dynamic reallocation of function between automation and crew, these methodologies can be part of a function reallocation and support modulation strategy to keep the crew engaged and aware of the flight situation at all times, reducing loss of performance capability due to distraction, fatigue, hypoxia and other sources of performance degradation.
Any flight control system can add auditory flight dynamic information presentation to its flight crew interface in any aircraft or spacecraft flown by NASA.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The aim of this project is to develop auditory presentation methodology for flight dynamic information as a supplement to conventional, primarily visual, pilot display systems and provide a higher level of support for complex tasks in high workload situations. In an aircraft with a flight control system that supports dynamic reallocation of function between automation and crew, these methodologies can be part of a function reallocation and support modulation strategy to keep the crew engaged and aware of the flight situation at all times, reducing loss of performance capability due to distraction, fatigue, hypoxia and other sources of performance degradation.
Any flight control system can add auditory flight dynamic information presentation to its flight crew interface in any aircraft or spacecraft flown by non-NASA organizations and personnel

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Command & Control
Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Simulation & Modeling


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