“Air traffic control tower augmented reality field study” by Reisman and Ellis

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    Air traffic control tower augmented reality field study



    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is currently developing an Augmented Reality Tower Tool (ARTT), a head-tracking see-through, head-mounted display (HMD) system for use by air traffic tower controllers, particularly during low-visibility conditions. The prototype ARTT uses a novel ‘see-through’ technology to enhance the controller’s normal view with superimposed computer text and graphics. In 2004 ARTT began using a real-time Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Northern California Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) (NCT) secure data feed to track aircraft in the Moffett Field vicinity. In 2005 Moffett Field Aviation Management authorized ARTT development and evaluation at Moffett Tower. This is the first time an AR system using live radar data has been studied at an operational Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower.


    1. Reisman, R, and Ellis, S. 2003. Augmented Reality for Air Traffic Control Towers. Sketch 303, Siggraph 2003.
    2. Schmidt-Ott, J., Ellis, S., Adelstein, B., Reisman, R., Gips, J., and Krozel, J. 2002. Augmented Reality in a Simulated Tower Environment: Effect of Field of View on Aircraft Detection. NASA TM-2002-211853.

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