12.5 - Improving the efficiency of T&E for Aircraft and Mission Systems with more effective modeling and simulation

ettc2018 - European Test and Telemetry Conference
2018-06-26 - 2018-06-28
Nürnberg, Germany
12. Data Management Applications
J. Baxter - Analytical Graphics Incorporated, PA (USA)
310 - 315


As technology advances, aircraft and mission systems continue to increase in capability and complexity while at the same time, the urgency has never been greater to deliver these systems in a timely manner. In order to maintain this balance, effective modeling and simulation tools are critical. Modeling and simulation tools have continued to mature in order to meet the growing complexity and urgent timelines. According to a RAND report on Test and Evaluation Trends and Costs for Aircraft and Guided Weapons [1] , “Virtually all test programs now incorporate modeling and simulation.” Effective modeling and simulation tools enable flexible and interactive virtual environments that can be used to rapidly design flight routes. Sets of candidate test-point combinations in the assembly of test-cards can be virtually modeled to iteratively arrive at a test mission plan that is more efficient and more robustly designed than by more traditional methods.
Here we will review the application of modeling and simulation for dynamic planning, execution, and post-flight quick-look that has proven able to increase test-point density and more often ensure achievement of test-point objectives. Modeling application and iteration methods used to achieve more optimal test-flight designs will be discussed and contrasted with traditional contemporary methods.
Final consideration and discussion will describe the overall areas of positive T&E execution phase impact including practitioners’ operations efficiency, flight effectiveness & efficiency, post-flight quick-look and forensics analysis and flight safety.