The KRAKEN disorientation device is a highly versatile, advanced motion system with multifunctional capabilities. It replicates the extreme motions and physiological stressors experienced by operators and occupants of various forms of vehicles and vessels. In the area of aviation, the GL-6000 replicates the motion characteristics of current and future generation aircraft, not replicated by conventional flight simulators and motion platforms.
The KRAKEN disorientation device supports the varied motion profiles required in training and research efforts that address operational effectiveness, human performance and safety in moving vehicles. For example, in aviation, areas of application include but are not limited to Spatial Disorientation (SD), loss of control in flight (LOCI), upset recovery scenarios, human factors research, mishap recreation, as well as many others.
Beyond human applications, it can also support many product development and equipment research initiatives.
Various Industry Uses
For research and development, testing or training efforts the KRAKEN disorientation device is ready to be utilized by the aerospace, land vehicle, automotive and marine industries. Since the KRAKEN disorientation device is semi customizable, ETC will work with you to develop a specific set of configurations and test profiles directly serving your desired application.
The versatile motion replication capability of the KRAKEN disorientation device allows it to reproduce the motion forces experienced in various platforms including:
- Fixed wing aircraft, both high performance and heavy
- Rotary aircraft
- Powered-lift aircraft
- High speed water vessels
- Submarine vessels
- High speed land vehicles
- Heavy land vehicles
Advanced Motion System
With 6 Axes of motion (planetary, pitch, roll, yaw, vertical, horizontal) the KRAKEN disorientation device can uniquely support the most advanced requirements for motion. The electro-mechanical drives supply 360continuous rotation in 4 axes of motion (planetary, pitch, roll and yaw) and exerts up to 3G sustained acceleration force.
Cockpit Design and Interface
The gondola of the KRAKEN disorientation device can be configured to simulate the cockpit of the vehicle specified by the customer and accommodates up to two occupants. Active controls and switches can be installed such that the GL-6000 disorientation device is operated like a simulator for the vehicle of choice. For example, realistic aircraft cockpits can be replicated with authentic flight controls, throttles, pedals and switches so that it can be flown in a virtual flight environment based on the aeromodel appropriate for that aircraft type.
Out-The-Window Visual Display
The Out-The-Window Visual Display System (OTW-VDS) of the KRAKEN consists of a dome shaped display screen with a viewing area of approximately 120° horizontal and 68° vertical, and a high resolution image projection of 1920 x 1080 pixels or greater. As an option, high definition, photo-typical terrain imagery can be incorporated as required by the customer. Head Up Display (HUD) can be superimposed onto the VDS images.
The Instrument Display System (IDS) of the KRAKEN disorientation device consists of multiple LCD flat panel monitors as well as bezeled knobs and switches that can be configured according to customers’ specifications.
Medical Monitoring and Data Acquisition (DAQ) System
The comprehensive array of medical monitoring systems available on the KRAKEN disorientation device makes it an ideal platform to support clinical and operational research in areas such as vestibular functioning, human interpretation of orientation percepts, attention management, decision making and skill selection, in a dynamic environment.
Intrinsic System Safety
The KRAKEN is designed using a methodical systematic approach based on commercial and military standards (i.e. IEC-12207, and MIL-STD 882) which also addresses safety and human factors. A Built-In Test System (BITS) integrated into the control system continually monitors all critical system performance and readiness, ensuring that systems parameters remain within safety margins during operations.