Development of an Enhanced Ground Control Station Equipped with an Advanced Stand-Alone Virtual Reality Headset
The main purpose of this project is to develop an enhanced portable ground Control Station (GCS) equipped with an Advanced Stand-Alone Virtual Reality Head Mounted Display (ASVR-HMD). In the beginning, a Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) stand-alone Virtual Reality (VR) headset would be connected to the flight simulation tool. The VR HMD will be used to visualize basic flight simulation. Then, an onboard camera would be integrated to the aircraft provided by the partner organization. The VR HMD developed earlier will be used by pilots to accomplish actual flight testing of the proposed aircraft via real time video input enabling First-Person View (FPV) operation. Finally, the overall integration, improvement, expansion and testing will be accomplished. Herein, the main focus will be towards combining the view from actual flight test to simulated flight test by providing the necessary symbology and data for the pilot to better understand the aircraft performance and operations for validation.