Accession Number : ADA323229

Title :   Development of an Oxygen Mask Integrated Arterial Oxygen Saturation (SaO2) Monitoring System for Pilot Protection in Advanced Fighter Aircraft.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for Sep 87-Aug 88,

Corporate Author : HARRY G ARMSTRONG AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Tripp, Lloyd D., Jr. ; Albery, William B.

PDF Url : ADA323229

Report Date : 20 DEC 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : G-induced loss of consciousness (GLOC), first experienced at least 65 years ago, is still killing pilots. Second only to spatial disorientation as the number one human factors problem facing the Tactical Air Force, GLOC remains a killer of both Air Force and Navy pilots. Various loss-of-consciousness research efforts in the Air Force and Navy have been initiated, but no loss-of-consciousness monitoring system (LOCOMS) has been developed for integration into modern fighter aircraft. One of the development problems is that such a LOCOMS should be invisible to the pilot and not require the donning of electrodes or special sensors that require the attention of the pilot, who will have other priorities to attend to. Taking advantage of technology originally developed for the hospital environment, the Harry G. Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB has developed an integrated arterial oxygen saturation monitor oxygen mask system that monitors the % SaO2, pulse rate and pulse waveform of the pilot, even under 9 G . This paper describes the development and evaluation of the smart mask.

Descriptors :   *SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION, *ACCELERATION, *PILOTS, *PHYSIOLOGICAL DISORIENTATION, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, AIR FORCE, ENVIRONMENTS, DETECTORS, MONITORING, NAVAL PERSONNEL, WAVEFORMS, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, PULSE RATE, ELECTRODES, VISIBILITY, PROTECTION, JET FIGHTERS, MONITORS, HOSPITALS, TACTICAL WARFARE, ATTENTION, ADVANCED WEAPONS.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE