Mission-based Vehicle Design: Digital Mission Engineering for Advanced Air Mobility (Online Short Course – Starts Jan 29, 2024) 29 January - 7 February 2024 Online

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Digital Mission Engineering

    • From January 29 – February 7, 2024 (2 Weeks, 4 Classes, 8 Total Hours)
    • Every Tuesday and Thursday at 1300-1500 Eastern Time (all sessions will be recorded and available for replay; course notes will be available for download)
    • This class familiarizes users with the workflows of modeling and analyzing a UAV mission using digital mission engineering best practices.
    • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course

    Advances in materials, electric propulsion, and control systems have greatly expanded the feasible design envelope, especially for small VTOL aircraft. These advances are beginning to make the dream of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) a reality. However, existing design approaches based on stable mission requirements and historical data for first order sizing cannot optimally address the combination of open aircraft design space with a new, unfamiliar mission space. Digital Mission Engineering (DME) facilitates the simultaneous development of operational concepts and aircraft design. We will explore how DME can be used to improve the design process and lead to better operational and aircraft design than available with existing legacy design tools and approaches, and help crack the code on UAM.

    Though Ansys Digital Mission Engineering (DME) software products will be used in the course to illustrate example models, the course content will cover generalized principles and be applicable to all, regardless of one's digital engineering tool of choice.

    • Create a scenario using DME
    • Understand mission interference and communications
      • Understand the importance of mission design for new technologies
      • See how an integrated mission environment informs aircraft design iteration
      • Use a mission model to identify and resolve AAM operations management issues
      • Use integrated mission and design tools to inform multi-aspect design optimization

    AUDIENCE: Aerodynamics Engineers, Aerospace Engineers, Antenna Design Engineers, UAV Operators, System Engineers, and Thermal Engineers.

    COURSE FEES (Sign-In To Register)
    - AIAA Member Price: $595 USD
    - Non-Member Price: $795 USD
    - AIAA Student Member Price: $395 USD

    Classroom Hours / CEUs: 8 classroom hours / 0.8 CEU/PDH

    Cancellation Policy: A refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 5 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be provided.

    Contact: Please contact Lisa Le or Customer Service if you have any questions about the course or group discounts.


    Part 1: DME Fundamentals: Exploring mission concept

    • Understand complexities of AAM operational environment
    • Explore different operational concepts and implications
    • Perform basic system assessment for differing operational concepts
    • Develop and iterate on system of systems requirements

    Part 2: DME for Trajectory Development: Iterating aircraft design

    • Review how operational design and aircraft design influence each other
    • Discuss complexities of aircraft design in context of variable mission design
    • Demonstrate benefit of rapid iteration between aircraft characteristics and mission impact

    Part 3: DME and Operations Research: Making AAM safe and efficient

    • Visualize how AAM will dramatically alter existing airspace management
    • Determine control systems and operations management needs
    • Explore potential applications of mission modelling for operations research

    Part 4: DME and Understanding Trade Space: Assessing the full problem

    • Discuss mission-centered multi-domain optimization
    • Assess importance of tool integration and different options
    • Demonstrate automated trade space study and benefits
    • Introduce test and evaluation challenges and mission engineering applications

    Course Delivery and Materials

    • The course lectures will be delivered via Zoom. Access to the Zoom classroom will be provided to registrants near to the course start date.
    • All sessions will be available on-demand within 1-2 days of the lecture. Once available, you can stream the replay video anytime, 24/7.
    • All slides will be available for download after each lecture. No part of these materials may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted, unless for course participants. All rights reserved.
    • Between lectures during the course, the instructor(s) will be available via email for technical questions and comments.

    Robert Etter is a product manager at Ansys Government Initiatives (AGI). Since joining in 2021, he has been responsible for Air Systems and Test and Evaluation capabilities at AGI. His current activities are focused on determining new capability priorities and applications of Digital Mission Engineering. Prior to AGI, Robert was a P-3 Orion Tactical Coordinator, and in the Navy Reserves helped guide Office of Naval Research efforts in hypersonic flight research. Robert has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois, an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of California-Berkeley. 

    Tom Neely is an aeronautical engineer and software developer at Ansys Government Initiatives (AGI). Since 1997, he has been responsible for design and development of Aircraft Mission Planning, Communications and Radar analysis modules in addition to the STK/Matlab Interface. His current activities are focused on designing, building and evangelizing the STK/Aviator product line. Prior to AGI, Tom was a Senior Engineer at Lockheed Martin working on the Aegis Weapon System. He was responsible for system-level simulation modeling and operational analysis of the Navy Area Ballistic Missile Defense system. From 1984 until 1994, he was an F-14 Radar Intercept Officer in the US Navy. Tom holds a BS degree in Finance and Economics from Ohio State University and Masters Degrees in Aeronautical and Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.


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