AEOLUS is the joint innovation center on Human Performance under Extreme (a-typical) Conditions in Military Aerospace. Human performance is scoped as the physical and cognitive performance as well as the human-system (helmet/g-suit/cockpit/....) interaction.


It is our mission to improve the readiness and operational effectiveness of military pilots, aircrew and maintenance personnel by creating more and faster access to innovative products and services.


AEOLUS programs innovate Wearable Technology and Systems and enhance Human Factors Simulation & Training, with the development of multi-stressor training environments.


From our Human Tech Campus in Soesterberg-NL we bring together world-class facilities, multidisciplinary experts and an active network of international air forces, defence industries and knowledge partners.

Human Performance Challenge

As a result of the accelerated pace of innovation of technical systems, such as modern aircraft, the system performance is increasingly being determined by the capabilities of the human operator.


For military pilots the work environment is rapidly changing from a purely physical reality into a mixture of both physical and virtual/augmented realities. We are exploring the limits of our possibilities on earth, in the skies and beyond, exposing ourselves to more extreme operating conditions than ever before.


In order to lift the boundaries imposed on system performance by the human factor, we need to further develop human factors knowledge. But that in itself is not enough. We also need to develop new forms of collaboration: new combinations of expertise and cross-overs between application domains.


Furthermore, time-to-market of innovative ideas needs to be reduced to fully exploit the potential created by the accelerated pace of technical innovation. In order to develop better solutions in a shorter time-frame close cooperation between end-users, manufacturers and researchers is needed for the full length of the innovation process.


Patron of AEOLUS is USAF Colonel (ret.) Joseph (John) Kittinger II (on the right side, joined by LtCol Ted Meeuwsen on the left). He participated in Project Manhigh and Project Excelsior in 1960, being the first man ever to be outside of a space craft in a space environment and setting a world record for the longest skydive from a height of greater than 31 kilometers. See also info and movie.

Aeolus mythology

Aeolus, a name shared by three mythical characters, was the ruler of the winds in Greek mythology.

The spiral is one of the oldest symbols used by humans. It appeared thousands of years ago in southwestern Native American tribal areas on cave walls and on ancient pottery. The single spiral is the symbol of Ho-bo-bo, the twister who manifests his power by the whirlwind.


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