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Predefinition of an augmented reality helmet with human-

machine interface for use in MSV

(WP2 – Cabin layout)

Jérémy BAIN – Jean-Charles BERNARD – Matthieu MAUREL – Maxime THIERRY – Jonathan WIRTZ

ISAE, formation ENSICA – Toulouse

This Yuri Gagarin’s first orbital flight and the

following space missions inspired many

earthlings their dream to fly to the stars.

This dream used to be inaccessible. It is

now within easy reach thanks to the spread

of space tourism and the study of suborbital

vehicles. This is what the Student

Aerospace Challenge is all about. It invites

student teams to work on specific design

points of the making of such vehicles.

This is why we wished to enter the

Challenge, which for the second years

among us is done in the context of an

academic research project. We started from

an idea we had and focused our work on

predefining an augmented reality helmet,

featuring a watch-like human-machine

interface, to be used in the context of the

Manned Suborbital Vehicle (MSV). We

started from scratch and carried out a

system engineering study to determine what

the systems would look like without

forgetting what is specific about such a


We were able to identify three categories of

passengers: the pilot, the actual MSV

passenger, and an earthly passenger. The

latter is quite specific a passenger. Indeed,

this kind of passenger would not be on

board but should be fully immersed in the

mission. We then identified what was

specific about each category, and carried

out surveys to help us understand their


Having done this, the system engineering

study we carried out enabled us to

determine what the system we wanted to

define should be able to do exactly.

We subsequently got interested in the latest

developments, in order to properly manage

all these functions. However, we kept in

mind that each passenger, as well as the

mission itself, brings a lot of constraints and

special features. This enlightened a simple

fact. There is no current system we could

completely adapt to the MSV.

Thanks to this, we could predefine and

suggest a system which would be taking

into account both the passenger’s needs

and the suborbital mission’s specifics,

ergonomic issues for instance.