711th Human Performance Wing: Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio - The 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW), is the first human-centric warfare wing to consolidate research, education and consultation under a single organization. Established in March 2008 under the Air Force Research Laboratory, the 711 HPW is comprised of the Human Effectiveness Directorate (RH), the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) and the Human Performance Integration Directorate (HP). The Wing's primary mission areas are aerospace medicine, science and technology, and human systems integration.
"HATS" Off to AFRL SBIR Advance
AFRL Small Business innovative Research contractor Appareo Systems developed Head Attitude Tracking System (HATS) to provide warfighters with reliable heading reference in any outdoor environment.
A New [Sense of] Direction for Battlefield Awareness
An AFRL/academic team is experimenting with the use of audio cues for more quickly alerting battlefield troops as to the location of sniper fire.
AFRL Unmasks Biodynamic Potential of New Pilot Protective Device
AFRL performed a key biodynamic assessment of the Type II Joint Service Aircrew Mask (JSAM), an incrementally developed head/eye/respiratory sustainment system intended primarily to safeguard individual Airmen against chemical and biological (CB) warfare agents.
New Simulation Software Lights the Way to Better Antilaser Eyewear
AFRL's recent deployment of commercially produced software for assessing antilaser eyewear performance will enable uniquely qualified approval or rejection of a given manufacturer's proposed design for military use. AFRL's decision to leverage the technology has cut months of costly and time-consuming human testing and simultaneously improved the reliability of findings, with comparisons of real versus simulated results revealing no measurable differences.
Newly Patented "ACCESs" to Better Hearing Protection
The US Patent and Trademark Office recently assigned the Air Force Material Command-submitted patent application entitled "Vented Earpiece System" patent number 7,784,583. The new patent covers the lab's Attenuating Custom Communications Earpiece system (ACCESS) technology, the need for which surfaced as part of efforts to identify-and address-cockpit communications deficiencies stemming from excessive noise.