VADER/VEGS Phase II Human Systems Integration Heuristic Evaluation

Report No. ARL-TR-6032
Authors: Bruce P. Hunn; Christopher C. Plott
Date/Pages: June 2012; 56 pages
Abstract: The VEGS (VADER Exploitation Ground Station) is a command and control ground station that is being used to control the VADER (Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar) currently being deployed in manned and unmanned aircraft for ground observation of personnel and vehicles. This report covers results and lessons derived from a human systems integration heuristic evaluation of VEGS (Phase I), as well as information gleaned from the operational deployment of the VADER/VEGS (Phase II) system. Data collected and analyzed includes: operator and engineer observations and lessons learned from an operational deployment, U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Alion research personnel observations from testing within the continental United States, as well as contractor/operator and U.S. Army image analysts' perspectives on the system's capabilities and limitations. This evaluation culminates approximately one and one half year's efforts in assessing the VADER/VEGS system for our primary customer, the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. The focus of the report is on man-machine interfaces, various human engineering issues inherent in the VEGS system operation, and the consideration and review of manpower and personnel integration issues inherent in the system, both now and with consideration for future Army personnel use.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2012