The goal of the Contrails project is to help preserve and disseminate the technical record of 20th century aerospace research, highlighting in particular the research endeavors of the Illinois Tech community.

Manual Control Of Remote Manipulators: Experiments Using Analog Simulation

Report Number: AMRL TR 66-21
Author: Seidenstein, Sidney
Author: Herbert Jr, A. G.,
Corporate Author: Ritchie Inc Dayton Ohio
Laboratory: Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories
Date of Publication: 1966-02
Pages: 153
Contract: AF 33(615)-1456
Project: 8171
Task: 817105
AD Number: AD0638500

An analog simulation of a remote manipulator was developed and used to investigate operator performance as a function of machine design parameters. Independent variables included control order, rate of motion, manipulator dynamics, positioning error tolerance, distance traversed, and duration for which final arm position had to be maintained. Dependent variables were travel time, adjustment time, time on target and total task time. Principal results were as follows: Increasing the complexity of system dynamics produced a ecrement in operator performance which was greater for fixed rate than for porportional rate control. Proportional rate control was found to be superior to fixed rate control afforded no advantage over the optimum single level of rate control.

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
Download this report

(PDF, 2.98 MB, 153 pages)

Other options for obtaining this report

Via the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC):
A record for this report, and possibly a full-image download of the report, exists at DTIC

Via National Technical Information Service:
This report may have been digitized and made freely available for public download, or made publicly available for purchase by the National Technical Information Service through their online database, the National Technical Reports Library

Indications of Public Availability
No digital image of an index entry indicating public availability is currently available
There has been no verification of an indication of public availability from an inside cover statement