A10 – UAS Control Station Ergonomics Considerations: Tasks CS-6 through CS-8

The overall objective of the control station tasks within Project A-10 is to provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with information on an ergonomic design of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) control stations which will allow safe piloting of UASs. A large percentage, 69%, of unmanned aircraft accidents have been attributed to human factors issues including both physical workstation design and human-machine interaction (Waraich, Mazzuchi, Sarkani, Rico, 2013). The purpose of this document, a subpart of A-10, is to provide the FAA with the minimal physical control station design recommendations that will promote favorable operator comfort and performance and reduce musculoskeletal injury risks. A detailed review of UAS control station design specific literature was conducted. While there is literature relating to UAS control stations, very little is actually directed at the physical design of the workstation. Therefore, a review of existing workstation design literature was used to develop a preliminary set of minimum design recommendations for UAS control stations (Waraich et al., 2013). Additionally, subject matter experts were surveyed and interviewed to provide input into control station design features that were not addressed through the literature review. The focus of this report is on the physical design of the control station; information pertaining the content of the displays is outside the scope of this document. Much of the information included in this report was sourced from existing standards and regulations, and supplemented by recent (within the last 10 years) of peer reviewed literature. Seminal publications or data sets (e.g., anthropometry) were included if they remained the most relevant source of information. Section 7 of this document provides a consolidated listing of all recommendations identified through the completion of this task.

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    • Cover date: November 2017.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Mississippi State University

    Mississippi State, MS  United States  39762

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Office of Aviation Research
    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Office of Research and Technology Development
    Washington, DC    20591
  • Authors:
    • Babski-Reeves, K
    • Burch, R
    • Debusk, H
    • Smith, E
  • Publication Date: 2017-8


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Interim Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Glossary; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 338p

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  • Accession Number: 01665659
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Mar 21 2018 11:24AM