Photo Credit: Richard Eldridge/711th Human Performance Wing, U.S. Air Force
Capt. Tony Castello tests the Vigilant Spirit – Multi Role Control Station (VS-MRCS) at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As a member of the VS-MRCS team, he participates in an advanced research program at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW), working to make future remotely piloted aircraft control more efficient and cost-effective. The team investigates concepts for possible military application, such as allowing a single pilot to control multiple aircraft during certain phases of a mission.
AFRL’s 711 HPW is a unique combination of three units: the Airman Systems Directorate (RH), the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM), and the Human Systems Integration Directorate (HP). The synergy of combining the ideas, resources, and technologies of these units positions the 711 HPW as a world leader in the study and advancement of human performance.