Remote Access Flight Test (RAFT) Smart Product Model (SPM) and Demonstration

Period of Performance: 05/27/1998 - 02/27/1999


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Symvionics, Inc.
3280 E. Foothill Boulevard, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91107
Principal Investigator


The government is faced with critical problems in the development and use of high performance computing environments and electronic systems. Increasingly complex systems are required to interact with other increasingly complex systems to meet the demands of sophisticated and multi-variate mission operating environments. Such systems are being acquired, designed, developed, and delivered by geographically and topologically dispersed teams. Meeting these challenges is the vision of the Collaborative Enterprise Environment. There has been significant industry and government investment in developing standards, business models, technical approaches, and tools to address the practical needs of engineers and managers in these emergent environments. We propose to leverage this environment to develop, test, and demonstrate an innovative capability to provide a Remote Access Flight Test (RAFT) capability between the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC). The resultant set of process and product models for planning, executing, and anayzing flight tests would immediately benefit a variety of DOD and commercial programs which require such testing. These capabilities will give the Air Force a unique asset to optimize for cost effective utility and UTILIZATION of their flight test resources. The proposed product will have immediate benefit for a variety of DOD and commercial programs which require flight test. Beyond that, establishing the tools and techniques for Smart Product Model development and Collaborative Engineering will result in operational efficiencies (i.e., improve competitiveness) for future Symvionics efforts.