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Unread post15 Sep 2015, 01:11

Here comes another 'eye tracking' quote for HMDS III just to confuse the WIREd glitterati. Otherwise just another rehash of things said a zillion times - oh & a funni-hah-hah.
THIS HELMET WILL MAKE F-35 PILOTS MISSILE-SLINGING CYBORGS
14 Sep 2015 Jordan Golson

"...He can even aim weapons with no more than a glance, thanks to the helmet’s eye tracking capability...."
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"...The helmet [liners]s are custom built for each pilot, so if yours at home, you’re stuck on the ground...."

Source: http://www.wired.com/2015/09/helmet-wil ... g-cyborgs/
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Unread post15 Sep 2015, 20:35

Am I missing something? More on [moron?] 'eye-tracking' capability for HMDS III.
No blind spots here: This immersive new helmet creates a complete VR environment for F-35 fighter pilots
14 Sep 2015 Kelly Hodgkins

"...Integrated eye tracking also allows the pilots to make selections and even aim missiles using only their eyes...."

Source: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/f-35-helmet-hud/
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Unread post20 Sep 2015, 17:20

2015 STRIKE TEST NEWS
2015 VX-23 Maj John “Ike” Dirk

"...Mission Systems
The F-35 ITF tests four SDD aircraft fully equipped with production-representative mission systems. Aircraft modifications are ongoing to continue testing on Block 3i and 3F capabilities including the GEN III HMD.

The GEN III HMD features improved stability, more accurate bore sighting, and improved night performance. In place of traditional Night Vision Goggles, the helmet-mounted night vision camera aids night operations for the F-35. The GEN III HMD also features a higher resolution camera than previous HMDs. This new system enables the electronic removal of the aircraft canopy bow from the scene by using a new fixed camera installed within the aircraft. Aided aerial refueling, simulated expeditionary airfield operations, and shipboard operations with the GEN III HMD are ongoing and are demonstrating promising results for acuity, clarity, and stability...."

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Unread post06 Oct 2015, 05:00

VX-23 F-35C Test Pilots CMDR Wilson & LEUT Karapostoles aboard USS Eisenhower - DT-II - talk on HMDS vHUD 05 Oct 2015.

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Unread post06 Oct 2015, 18:11

spazsinbad wrote:VX-23 F-35C Test Pilots CMDR Wilson & LEUT Karapostoles aboard USS Eisenhower - DT-II - talk on HMDS vHUD 05 Oct 2015.



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Unread post10 Oct 2015, 13:38

I do not know what that means.... meanwhile the HMDS III as modelled by LEUT Chris Karapostoles aboard IKE Oct 2015:

http://www.trbimg.com/img-56183d4f/turb ... 0/1000x563
F-35C fighter jets successfully complete training with USS Eisenhower
09 Oct 2015 Ali Rockett

"...On Thursday night, he said three of the four pilots tested the Generation III Helmet Mounted Display, which shows the pilot not only what's around him — including enemy aircraft — but all of his sensors, as well. This was their first time using the helmet in a true "operation environment," Wilson said [Test pilot Cmdr. Tony Wilson, who has logged about 200 hours flying the F-35].

"When you're flying at sea, the ship is the only source of light," he said. Whereas flying onshore, there is ambient lighting from cities...."

Source: http://www.dailypress.com/news/military ... story.html
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Unread post13 Oct 2015, 16:13

An oldie but a goodie - posted back in the day by 'brung_it_back' but not ignored just on the BACKburner...
viewtopic.php?f=58&t=13143&p=301748&hilit=Operational#p301748
USAF Set For Operational Tests Of F-35 Service Software
11 Sep 2015 Guy Norris

"...The unit also says recently completed “jitter” and infrared (IR) tests of the Gen-3 helmet-mounted display system have shown a “tremendous improvement” over the earlier Gen-2, which had problems ranging from latency and alignment to symbology jitter, night-vision acuity and insufficient display contrast, or “green glow.” “We conducted extensive testing in day and night conditions, identified some fixes and moved on with those,” says Buckwalter.

The testing focused primarily on nighttime evaluations of the Gen-3’s improved ISIE-11 night vision camera system, and associated improvements to acuity, as well as interaction with the Distributed Aperture System, which streams real-time imagery to the helmet from six aircraft-mounted IR cameras. “We did not do a lot of high-g or high-alpha work; the bulk of what we flew in the most recent round was at night,” he says.

The helmet adds a light-emitting diode (LED) and camera to the front of the helmet (and back of the forward cockpit camera), to augment head-tracking and automate the calibration of display alignment. It also includes an inertial measurement unit to dampen symbology and mitigate jitter caused by aircraft buffet. “It is not perfect, but it is readable throughout the flight envelope,” says Nelson, who adds that jitter was not specifically tested on Gen-3, “because it was overcome already. What Gen-3 brings to the table is a much bigger night camera, and that makes a huge difference. The other is [overcoming] green glow.”..."

Source: http://aviationweek.com/defense/usaf-se ... e-software
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Unread post17 Oct 2015, 00:03

USAF? Video has pilot comments about HMDS...
Air Force Tech Report: F-35A
Published on Oct 6, 2015 Air Force TV

"The F-35's next generation stealth will make it virtually undetectable allowing the 9G capable multirole fighter to dominate the sky. The F-35A is the Air Force's latest 5th generation fighter; it's lethal, survivable, and adaptive."

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Unread post21 Oct 2015, 11:05

Not a new video, but here's some footage from this video, cropped and warped to fit the whole screen:

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Unread post21 Oct 2015, 11:45

:mrgreen: Thanks I'll check it out. YATO IN - YATO OUT :devil: Sense of Confusion (not sensor fusion).

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Unread post22 Oct 2015, 18:01

:mrgreen: Heavy Hangs the Head of the Hanche :devil: - one day it will be cut down to size by some 6oz or so.... :mrgreen: :doh: And... here is this 'eye tracking thingo' I guess it is shorthand for something or tuther.... Head Hanche in photo zoom below.
Luke issues first Generation III helmet
20 Oct 2015 Staff Sgt. Staci Miller; 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

"...Luke Air Force Base issued its first Generation III F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System to Norwegian Air Force Maj. Morten Hanche, 62nd Fighter Squadron training pilot Oct. 16, 2015.

The new system, built and issued by Rockwell Collins at the Pilot Fit Facility, includes a number of upgrades, including improved night vision, optics and liquid-crystal displays.

"It's Luke's first," said Donald Guess, Rockwell Collins customer support specialist. "It's something that's been coming for a while and something that all the pilots are going to want."...

...Thanks to the helmet's eye tracking capability, pilots using the system can look at a target to aim their weapons while maintaining spatial orientation of their surroundings and continually monitoring flight information.

"If your rifle scope is off, you'll never hit your target," Hanche said. "With this helmet, it's going to be a lot more accurate than it used to be."

Integrating the night vision capability right into the helmet is a major advantage for F-35 pilots. Built-in night-vision lets pilots see in the dark, without needing to flip down a set of goggles.

"I'll now have access to two night vision options," Hanche said. "An infrared image and a night vision image. Having those two available at any time is going to be really great."

All of that technology is built into a carbon fiber helmet that weighs just about five pounds. It's customized to each pilot, both to fit around the head, as well as to ensure that the visuals work properly...."

PHOTO: http://www.luke.af.mil/shared/media/pho ... 20-059.jpg (4Mb)
"Christopher Culley, Rockwell Collins customer support specialst, fits and issues an F-35 Lightning II Generation III Helmet Mounted Display System at the Pilot Fit Facility at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Oct. 16, 2015. The new system includes a number of upgrades, including improved night vision, optics and liquid-crystal displays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)"


Source: http://www.luke.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123461403
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Unread post23 Oct 2015, 03:46

Video of getting the HMDS fitted:

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Unread post23 Oct 2015, 07:02

I think F-35 HMDS can have huge potential in making training more realistic. You could for example simulate weapons on it. For example two groups of F-35s engage each other. When they simulate firing AMRAAMs or AIM-9Xs towards each other, the HMDS could show the missile launch, flight and detonation just like it would look in real life. Of course the same can be done on ground simulators, but this would add whole new level of realism to air combat training in actual aircraft. Of course the system could also simulate the visual effects of flares for example in WVR combat. Naturally the system could do that only using DAS, EOTS or night vision channels. Opposing aircraft could be visually altered to look like PAK FAs or J-20s or Sopwith Camels...

Same could be done for ground based threats and targets. Those could be simulated so that they seem to actually be there for the pilot. Let's say enemy armored brigade is simulated and in simulation protected with advanced radar and SAM systems. F-35s actually flying could detect their activity using their sensors. Looking closer their targets using for example EOTS could show simulated enemy systems to pilot even if they are not there IRL. SAM launches could be simulated similarly and shown to pilot. Similarly enemy airfields could be simulated and attacks against them practiced in very real looking environment.
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Unread post23 Oct 2015, 07:14

One thread title about such matters:

Live Virtual Constructive technology to revolutionize ACM
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=19021&p=293005&hilit=Cubic#p293005

Another hit: Embedded training F35
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=15611&p=203670&hilit=Cubic#p203670

Anotherie: Using the aircraft as a simulator
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=14122&p=176610&hilit=Cubic#p176610
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Unread post23 Oct 2015, 07:51

Oh, thank you spazsinbad! Didn't remember those threads at all...
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