Simulation of the docking manoeuvre

MacKinnon, A.I., Murray-Smith, D.J., Leitch, E. and Tanner, P.H. (1978) Simulation of the docking manoeuvre. In: United Kingdom Simulation Council Conference on Computer Simulation, Chester, UK, April 1978, pp. 390-396.

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The paper describes the use of a hybrid computer simulation for investigation of human operator performance in a space docking manoeuvre. The size of the image of the target craft, which is presented to the operator, varies during the manoeuvre with the distance while the centre of the image remains in the centre of the screen throughout. Angular motion of the operator relative to the target is represented by changing target aspect and a corresponding star background. A model of the complete system is also described in which the operator is represented by a set of decision boundaries. A simulation based on this model allows investigation of the effects of varying both the available thrust and certain parameters describing the operator.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:Proceedings volume "Proceedings of the 1978 UKSC Conference on Computer Simulation" published by IPC Science and Technology Press, Guildford, UK, 1978.
Keywords:Simulation, hybrid computer, human operator, docking manoeuvre, decision boundaries, parameter sensitivity
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Murray-Smith, Professor David
Authors: MacKinnon, A.I., Murray-Smith, D.J., Leitch, E., and Tanner, P.H.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering

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