Initial Flight Testing of an eXternal Vision System (XVS) for the Low Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD)

Lynda J. Kramer, Steven Williams, Trey Arthur, Randall Bailey, Kevin Shelton, Kurt Severance, Kemper Kibler
2018 2018 Flight Testing Conference   unpublished
NASA will design an eXternal Vision System (XVS) that, with other aircraft systems and subsystems, will ensure safe and efficient operations in all phases of flight for its Low Boom Flight Demonstrator vehicle. XVS is a combination of display, sensor, and computing technologies, creating an electronic means of forward visibility for the pilot. A flight test was performed evaluating a preliminary design of an XVS to quantify, by direct comparison, the ability of a pilot using an XVS to see and
more » ... cognize airborne traffic compared to that of a pilot using forward-facing windows during challenging see-and-avoid scenarios. The data showed that the XVS and forward-facing windows were essentially equivalent in detecting and recognizing incurring traffic aircraft. The data also showed that the pilot using the XVS could see and recognize the incurring traffic at no less than 0.7 nm prior to the pilot using the forward-facing windows. The performance of the XVS was dependent upon the application of image contrast enhancement. Recommendations for future improvements were captured from evaluation pilot commentary.
doi:10.2514/6.2018-3411 fatcat:oc24as75abgmrmp2uxbxundmw4