Implementation and validation of physical control interfaces in a virtual environment
The Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) is a Navy ship-to- shore transport hovercraft. In training, a new LCAC crew spends more time in an LCAC simulator than in the actual craft. The United States Navy is beginning work on a mission rehearsal and supplemental training system that will complement the full simulator currently used by LCAC pilots in training. The mission rehearsal system will be a much smaller, less expensive, limited, and deployable version of the full simulator. This will enable the crew to rehearse a mission and partake in additional training onboard a ship just prior to launch, which is impossible with the full simulator. The purpose of this Honors thesis is to explore the feasibility of the development of a control system for the mission rehearsal system that will use a virtual cockpit with physical control interfaces. The virtual cockpit allows for the elimination of the full-scale mockup used in the full trainer. The physical control interfaces are the yoke, levers, and rudder pedals with which the user will actually interact. A prototype control system has been designed, implemented, and a validation test has been performed. The validation test of the control system demonstrated that relatively complex physical interfaces in a virtual environment can not be used effectively if only a virtual representation of that interface is provided.
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Engineering
Dissertations, Academic -- Engineering;Engineering -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Buhl, Christian M., "Implementation and validation of physical control interfaces in a virtual environment" (2000). HIM 1990-2015. 200.