During testing promising shock UAV X-47B, for the first time used a special hand controller CDU, which will allow the operator to «talk» with UAV on the deck of an aircraft carrier.
Northrop Grumman’s UAV in current undergoing testing in Patuxent River, at the site where friction and Navy pilots tested new deck aircraft.
Maneuvering in cramped, battered appliances deck asks the pilot of great skill. Typically, the pilot focuses on the gestures of the operator on the deck, which is virtually hands shows where you want to go and where to stay. In the future UAV X-47B will be the same savvy and also be able to look after strokes human hands. But while taxiing on the deck control is carried out by means of a special device that is attached to the operator’s hand.
By the time the true completed the first round of testing new controller: the operator was able to control the traction motor X-47B, making turns, and stop off at samoletopodemnik catapult. In the future, the controller will be used for CDU taxiing X-47B during a test on the deck of an aircraft carrier real.
In the coming decade, X-47B may be the main strike force of U.S. carrier-based aircraft. These drones can be operated from the aircraft carrier, manned aircraft or ground control Fri. So makarom number of operators in the U.S. Army UAV will grow by a few thousand people.
Already, this brand new military profession is faced with sudden neuvvyazkami. Thus, specialists from MIT spent specifically for the U.S. Army’s simulation study of the simultaneous control of the UAV 4-seeking purpose.
Subjects had to keep under control the drones, identify aggressive, friendly or peaceful purposes, and to decide on the use of guns. The more aggressive goals destroyed the more points earned guinea. During the experiment the recorded video of what the UAV operators engaged in the process.
In the end it turned out that even people with the highest score of about 30% of the time diverted from watching screens in order to check their cell phones, eat or read a book. Except there was only one person who is, nevertheless, not scored a lot more points than the other operators of the UAV.
Analyzing the results of the experiment, the researchers concluded that the selection of candidates for the role of the UAV operators should be carried out very strictly, and the risk of error in the application of instruments with drones is very high. Because some South American military does not exclude that the full automation of the UAV, maybe take less problems than the human factor as a constantly distracted from the work of operators.