Evaluation of Various Hand Controllers for Use by a Space Suited Subject 2001-01-2203
The Space Systems Lab has evaluated several different types of generic hand controllers to see which performs the best when used by a suited subject. This paper outlines the types of hand controllers selected for this experiment and the results of the performance testing. The evaluation was conducted by subjects wearing spacesuit gloves in a partial pressure glovebox at a pressure differential of 4.3 pounds/square inch. Performance for each hand controller was measured by the completion of several one degree-of-freedom (DOF) tasks presented to the subject on a computer screen. Performance metrics for this experiment included the error associated with attempting to follow an ideal trajectory and a subjective Cooper-Harper questionnaire given after each session was complete. The same information was also collected for unpressurized suit gloves and for the bare hand.