Mission Performance Model

Mission Performance Model

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8673-1.ch004
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Abstract

Mission Performance Models (MPM) are important to the design of modern digital avionic systems because the flight deck information is no longer obvious. In large-scale dynamic systems, necessary responses to the incoming information model should be a direct correspondence. A Mission Performance Model is an abstract representation of the activity clusters necessary to achieve mission success. The three core activity clusters are trajectory management, energy management, and attitude control and will be covered in detail. Their combined performance characteristics highlight the vehicle's kinematic attributes, which then anticipates unstable conditions. Six MPM are necessary for the effective design and employment of a modern mission-ready flight deck. We describe MPM and their structure, purpose, and operational application. Performance models have many important uses including training system definition and design, avionic system design, and safety programs.
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Mission Performance Models

The top level MPM consists of two sub elements: crew performance optimizing factors and basic flight activities, such as maneuvers and procedures. Together they cover the flight crew’s task universe. For convenience, we will refer to the top level MPM as the general mission performance model, and abbreviate it as GMPM. This is shown in Figure 1. In subsequent chapters we will discuss event category specific MPM. It must be understood that the GMPM forms the template for the event category specific models.

Figure 1.

General Mission Performance Model

The complete list of all MPM is presented below for clarity.

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