Performance effects of mounting a helmet-mounted display on the ANVIS mount of the HGU-56P helmet

Thomas H. Harding, John S. Martin, Clarence E. Rash, Randall W. Brown, Peter L. Marasco, Clarence E. Rash, Colin E. Reese
2006 Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays XI: Technologies and Applications  
The U.S. Army, under the auspices of the Air Warrior Product Office, is developing a modular helmet-mounted display (HMD) for four aircraft series within its helicopter fleet. A design consideration is mounting the HMDs to the HGU-56P Aviator's Night Vision Imaging System (ANVIS) mount. This particular mount is being considered, presumably due to its inherent cost savings, as the mount is already part of the helmet. Mounting the HMD in this position may have consequences for the daylight
more » ... the daylight performance of these HMDs, as well as increasing the forward weight of the HMD. The latter would have consequences for helmet weight and center-of-mass biodynamic issues. Calculations were made of the increased luminance needed as a consequence of mounting the HMD in front of an HGU-56P tinted visor as opposed to mounting it behind the visor. By mounting in front of the helmet's visor, the HMD's light output will be filtered as light coming from the outside world. Special consideration then would have to be given to the HMD's light source selection process, as not to select a source that would differentially reduce luminance by a mounted visor (e.g., laser protection visors) compared to the ambient light in the aviator's field-of-view.
doi:10.1117/12.666894 fatcat:abdf2axqwvbyph2vjvyklxb3di