Project Brainflight aims to create a system that allows pilots to learn to control an aircraft using brain activity and eventually consolidate it and automate it in such a way that it allows intuitive control and releases the pilot’s higher cognitive functions to other activities. Two precise overarching goals for Brainflight have been established. First, to demonstrate the feasibility and identify benefits and pay-offs of replacing conventional control inceptors by a Brain Machine Interface in pilot “manual” closed-loop type flight control tasks. Second, to bring the level of brain controlled aircraft up to technical readiness level 4 (Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof-of-concept).
Control of electronic devices through brain signals is a recent area, studied mainly to help incapacitated humans, such as patients with “locked-in” syndrome or other types of conditions which blocks the patient’s ability to control electronic devices using conventional control equipment. Several studies have revealed that the activity of neurons is sufficiently capable of providing enough data in order to circumvent this inability by enabling the control of an electronic device using solely signals provided by the brain of a person. Project Brainflight proposes the application of this kind of control in the world of aircraft, to enable people to control aircraft using only neural signals emitted from their brain.
“Project Brainflight aims to create a system that allows pilots to learn to control an aircraft by using brain activity.”
Brainflight & Eaglescience
Eaglescience works on Brainflight in a consortium, consisting of our partners Technische Universitat Munchen, Tekever ASDS (Portugal) and fundacao Dr. Anna Sommer Champalimaud and Dr. Carlos Montez Champalimaud (Portugal). The Brainflight research project has been funded with support from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme under Grant Agreement No. 308914.