An Assessment of the GoldenEye-50 Operator Control Unit

Report No. ARL-TN-0247
Authors: Catherine N. Jacobson and Cheryl A. Burns (both of ARL)
Date/Pages: September 2005; 17 pages
Abstract: The GoldenEye-50, developed by Aurora Flight Sciences, was selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as one of multiple candidates to provide the basic platform for the Organic Air Vehicle II program for expected integration into the U.S. Army?s Future Combat System program. The GoldenEye-50 is a transportable (approximately 18 lb) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with vertical take-off and landing capability. It is designed to carry a payload to support reconnaissance and chemical detection missions and can transform from a hover-and-stare mode to wing-borne flight as needed. In support of the Human-Robot Interaction Army Technology Objective, an assessment of the operator control unit (OCU) was conducted during a technical demonstration of the GoldenEye-50 held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, from 9 to 12 May 2005. The authors? primary objective was to reveal human factors engineering issues associated with the design of the OCU interface and to learn the tasks of a UAV operator, particularly with multi-mode flight capability of vertical and horizontal flight. From the observational data, potential issues and recommendations for the final OCU interface design accepted by the Army are presented.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2005