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During the 1980s, NASA-Ames designed and developed a virtual reality head set for possible use in flight simulators and trainers. The impetus for the original design was for a fighter pilot's helmet and was based on research done at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The helmet was one of the first prototype Virtual Reality systems, provided visual and audio information corresponding to position of user's head and hands.

Identifier

NASM.1999.0005

Creator

National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Ames Research Center

Date

[ca. 1980s]

Provenance

James Humphries/NASA-Ames, Gift, 1997, 1999-0005, Public Domain?

Extent

1.54 Cubic feet ((1 legal document box) (1 records center box))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Manuals

Videotapes

Floppy disks

Publications

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the documentation that accompanied the donation of the helmet to the Museum. The following types of material were included: zip disc containing HMD project documents and applications; magazines containing articles relating to this project; 11 VHS format videotapes; technical manuals; and one oversized diagram.

Genre/Form

Manuals

Videotapes

Floppy disks

Publications

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Names

National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Ames Research Center

Topics Virtual reality
Flight training
Flight simulators
Astronautics
Aeronautics -- Research
Aeronautics

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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