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X-RAY VISION: APPLICATION OF AUGMENTED REALITY IN AVIATION MAINTENANCE TO SIMPLIFY TASKS INHIBITED BY OCCLUSION

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Authors
Mcneely, Justin R.
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augmented reality
mixed reality
occlusion
aircraft maintenance
maintenance
training
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McDowell, Perry L.
Fan, James J.
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2022-06
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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This thesis examined the potential applications of augmented or mixed reality (AR/MR) technology and leveraging them in the context of the aviation maintenance community. Specifically, we examined whether using the 3D mapping and real-time space tracking technology of devices like the Microsoft HoloLens 2 can be used to make maintenance tasks easier in environments where the maintainer is not able to see into their workspace. With the complexities of aircraft construction, the prevalence of narrow, tight fitting spaces that are blocked by walls or obstructions is common. In the past, aviation maintainers have had to rely on memorizing 2D diagrams and feeling around dark, cramped spaces in order to determine where certain parts are located. Previous research in the field of AR primarily focuses on comparing AR methods to traditional methods for different types of tasks in simulacra. There is a lack of research in the specific application of AR that addresses occlusion introduced into these tasks. By conducting trials of simulated maintenance in an occluded area using AR technology, we found that the novice maintainer increased the accuracy of performance and decreased maintenance time when compared to traditional methods, while providing a subjectively easier method for instruction.
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Computer Science (CS)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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