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Operator Performance Evaluation of Fault Management Interfaces for Next-Generation Spacecraft
- Fritz Renema - Perot Systems Government Services & NASA Ames Research Center ,
- Miwa Hayashi - San Jose State University & NASA Ames Research Center ,
- Ujwala Ravinder - San Jose State University & NASA Ames Research Center ,
- Brent Beutter - NASA Ames Research Center ,
- Robert S. McCann - NASA Ames Research Center ,
- Lilly Spirkovska - NASA Ames Research Center
ISSN: 1946-3855, e-ISSN: 1946-3901
Published June 29, 2008 by SAE International in United States
Citation: Hayashi, M., Ravinder, U., Beutter, B., McCann, R. et al., "Operator Performance Evaluation of Fault Management Interfaces for Next-Generation Spacecraft," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 1(1):164-177, 2009, https://doi.org/10.4271/2008-01-2039.
In the cockpit of NASA's next generation spacecraft, most vehicle command will be performed via electronic interfaces instead of hard cockpit switches. Checklists will be also displayed and completed on electronic procedure viewers rather than on paper. Transitioning to electronic cockpit interfaces opens up opportunities for more automated assistance, including automated root-cause diagnosis capability. The paper reports an empirical study evaluating two potential concepts for fault management interfaces incorporating two different levels of automation. The operator performance benefits produced by automation were assessed. Also, some design recommendations for spacecraft fault management interfaces are discussed.