Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

IV.Q.11 Helicopter Crewmember Sustainment and Performance. By FY97, reduce performance decrements by 25 percent in aircrews following deployment across time zones and during night operations by demonstrating the efficacy of melatonin in operational units and by developing a software package to optimize crew rest strategies. By FY98, identify countermeasures to optimize aircrew endurance and protection during sustained rotary-wing flight operations including criteria for better helmet design to prevent fatigue from head-supported mass, hearing augmentation to overcome cockpit noise, criteria for the Aircrew Uniform Integrated Battlefield (AUIB) to prevent dehydration and heat stress, and determination of criteria for seats which prevent back pain and are crashworthy in vertical descents. By FY98, complete implementation of findings from the Aviator Epidemiological Data Registry (AEDR) to optimize medical screening and retention criteria for Army aviators. By FY99, reduce low visibility accidents by as much as 50 percent with countermeasures to Army-unique spatial disorientation problems encountered during nighttime and reduced visibility flight.

Supports: Medical countermeasures to aviator fatigue performance degradation; Program Apache, Program Manager Comanche, Program Manager Aviation Life Support Equipment, Aviation Center and School; Conduct Precision Strikes—enhance soldier imaging capabilities without spatial disorientation.

Dr. Fred Hegge MAJ Mark Seymour LTC Dunham
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