A Summary of Simulator Sickness Ratings for U.S. Army Aviation Engineering Simulators

Report No. ARL-TR-5573
Authors: Jamison S. Hicks; David B. Durbin
Date/Pages: June 2011; 50 pages
Abstract: The U.S. Army Research Laboratory Human Research and Engineering Directorate (ARL HRED) uses U.S. Army Aviation engineering helicopter simulators to assess crewstation design for new or modified aircraft. This report summarizes pilot Simulator Sickness Questionnaire (SSQ) ratings for seven engineering simulators. The ratings were obtained from pilots during the assessments and used to identify if the simulators induced simulator sickness (SS) symptoms, if the symptoms caused significant discomfort which distracted the pilots during missions, and contributed to an increase in perceived workload. To assess whether the SSQ ratings provided by the pilots during the assessments were similar or different to ratings obtained in other helicopter simulators, the mean SSQ scores for the evaluated simulators were compared to the mean SSQ scores for several other helicopter simulators. Data collection and analysis of SSQ ratings will continue to play a meaningful role in the assessment and future development of U.S Army Aviation engineering simulators.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2011