General Overview of the Use of SUGV and Centralized Controllers Type I and II During Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance On The Move, Event 08 (C4ISR OTM E08)

Report No. ARL-TN-365
Authors: Regina A. Pomranky; Jesse B. Kovach; Christopher H. Winslow
Date/Pages: August 2009; 38 pages
Abstract: This report summarizes the usability of two different types of controllers that were used during the Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance On The Move, Event 08 (C4ISR OTM E08). Data collection was conducted by observation methods of the operator control unit (OCU) operators during the missions. The two controllers used in this experiment were designated as Type I and Type II. The Soldiers using the Centralized Controller Type I (CC-Type I) were the primary Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle PACKBOT operators. The Soldiers using the Centralized Controller Type II (CC-Type II) utilized the PACKBOT and various camera sensors to obtain eyes on the objective during each mission of the C4ISR OTM E08. Four Soldiers participated in the operation or observation of the PACKBOT and its associated centralized controller. MANPRINT, human factors, and Soldier survivability issues were identified during the experiment. Overall, both the PACKBOT operators with their CC-Type I controllers (Future Combat Systems [FCS] and spin out) and both the CC-Type II operators (FCS) used their respective technologies as designed.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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