Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
Patrick;

While you are waiting could you comment on project Charon and the role of the engineers?

PE
Nope. I don't even know what that is, other than a moon of Pluto. After the Mercury project, for which my major contribution was designing and computing the coordinate trnsformations for their star charts, I got involved in human factors and was in the Simulation and Human Factors Branch at Langley Research Center. I studied mathematical modeling of the human operator, from what they tell me. What I tried to do was to show that if there was any worthwhile modelling to be done, it could not be in the form of linear dynamic systems. I helped drsign a compact device for observing the time history of the pilot's look point. I have a feeling the autofocussing cameras of today are based on NASA's research along that line.