The initial target application for this work is to support NASA missions that involve Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking (ARD), and specifically the systems engineers who design the FM aspects of the system. However AFFMAD is a FM design tool, and as such, it can be adapted to address any whole system (aircraft, spacecraft, or surface exploration vehicle) or sub-system thereof.
FM is a key strategy used by many industries to increase system dependability, and FM failures are concerns for any organization designing or building life- or mission-critical systems. Other potential government customers include the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Department of Energy. Likely customers from the commercial sector include those in the aviation, process control and medical device industries. DoD system design and development efforts are expected to greatly benefit from the AFFMAD work. AFFMAD will facilitate future Army ground vehicle developments by assisting FM engineers' early evaluation of FM strategies and improving the efficiency of implementing and testing those strategies. AFFMAD will also facilitate Army air vehicle developments. Adventium, as a contractor for the Army JMR program under the FVL initiative, is providing advanced model-based system engineering methods and tools to address early design and defect detection issues. The first new FVL vehicle is likely to be a new medium-lift replacement for BlackHawk and Apache class helicopters to be introduced around 2030. We are helping develop advanced model-based system engineering methods to support both government requirements engineering and supplier developments.