Human Factors in Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Student: Gregory Morales
California State University, Long Beach
Major: Human Factors Psychology
Degree Level: Master of Science
Internship Site: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California
Mentor: Mark Pestana
Abstract: As part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act, the FAA is tasked to develop regulations testing and licensing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to be integrated in the National Airspace System. Lead by NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, a project is under way to address safety and operational challenges for UAS integration. The Research Ground Control Station is being developed as a test bed and database to provide data and proof of concept for a Ground Control Station. This research supports the development of standards and practices with consideration to human factors issues for the Ground Control Station. The project includes: developing and evaluation of display and control formats, command and control schemes, ergonomics, procedures for the UAS pilot, and other human system integration features.
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