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  Enhanced Multifunction Electronic
  Display System (EMEDS)

Problem: The current shuttle cockpit presents the crew a large amount of data, but very little information. The current Multifunction Electronic Display System (MEDS) enhancements, also known as the glass cockpit, does little to correct this situation by presenting the crew with the same data overload. The MEDS cannot correct this situation because it does not have access to enough vehicle data to properly preprocess it for the crew and provide the crew with modern informational displays.
Solution: The EMEDS project seeks to enhance the MEDS system with additional data sources and processing power to present to the crew with the information they need, when they need it in an intuitive format. The resulting cockpit should be easier to use, require less training for the crew, speed crew decision making and reduce occurrence of operator error.
Initial Operation Date: Feb. 2001 (currently under review)
Shuttle Mission STS-113 (currently under review)
Technology Goal: The Enhanced MEDS upgrade impacts existing hardware and software as well as adding new hardware and software. While the avionics implementation has not yet been finalized, the current concept is to use commercial off the shelf technology for new avionics and software.
Goals Supported: 1) Fly Safely
4) Reduce Cost

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 04/07/2002
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