Human Factors in Unmanned Aircraft Systems

EarthzineOriginal, URC Virtual Poster Session

Photo of Gregory MOrales in the cockpit of a plane. Image Credit: URC

Photo of Gregory MOrales in the cockpit of a plane. Image Credit: URC

Image Credit: URC

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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