The term “unmanned” in the context of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations is too often taken literally, overlooking the humans controlling, monitoring, collaborating, and coordinating from the ground. Promoting and improving the performance of the human component in the operation of UAVs is paramount and enhancing the coordination of the humans in the system is one of many important human factors issues which must be overcome. Research from the Cognitive Engineering on Team Tasks Laboratory has approached this problem with the development of a synthetic test-bed replicating UAV coordination in the lab. Findings from this synthetic task environment (STE) will be discussed in context of the implications that UAVs are in fact manned and require the attention of the human factors community.
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