ZONA's business plan for FuNL-DFS will follow ZONA's flagship software, called: ZAERO, product/service sales strategy. The added capabilities developed in FuNL-DFS will strengthen ZONA's market position in the aerospace industry. FuNL-DFS will be marketed towards flight test applications on a wide class of aerospace vehicles such as: (a) USAF's F-22 and F-35 aircrafts at Edwards AFB, (b) UASF's Hilda, sensorcraft as well as stealth and morphing UAV/UCAV, (c) DARPA's Morphing Aerostructure, (d) Boeing 787 and future executive jet designs of Cessna, Raytheon, etc. The proposed FuNL-DFS can also be applied to validate health management strategies specifically designed for aircraft designs with prominent aeroelastic characteristics.
NASA has been working for many years towards achieving a software package that accurately predicts the interaction between flight dynamics and nonlinear aeroelastic effects in closed-loop flight dynamic simulation. NASA's current and next generation aircraft design concepts such as the N+1 Conventional, N+2 Hybrid Wing Body, and N+3 Generation are more flexible, more slender and/or more sizable where there may be insufficient frequency separation between the rigid body dynamics and the relatively low frequency elastic modes. The flight control law based on the rigid model may result in an unacceptable stability or an undesirable response characteristic due to control input or turbulence. The FuNL-DFS system can provide an expedient multidisciplinary nonlinear flight simulation tool to perform an efficient flaw debugging for advanced control laws as well as to promote physical understanding of these revolutionary designs in a cost-effective manner; while increasing performance and confidence in the control law designs.