The EXPEDITE Program and Successes with ESTECO Technologies

K. Michael Mull (Aeronautical Engineer, Lockheed Martin)

The Expanded Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) for Effectiveness Based Design (EXPEDITE) program is an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) program that seeks to address challenges in the modern aircraft design conceptual design process by expanding methodologies and techniques to make informed, data driven design decisions earlier in the process.

ESTECO’s design optimization software, modeFRONTIER and its server based collaborative data management and distribution software, VOLTA, comprise the core MDO modeling software utilized in this thrust of the EXPEDITE program. This collaborative and parallel track allowed for an industry wide push to improving multidisciplinary optimization frameworks and the subsequent tools and analysis needed to attempt the EXPEDITE design problem.