Digital hangar to be developed by AFRL

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) will be developing a digital hangar at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The concept, created by aerospace research engineer Dr. Rick Graves, will act as a virtual repository containing digital surrogates of aerospace systems that have been gated through rigorous validation and verification processes.

Graphic by Kenneth McNulty courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

According to the lab, a goal of the hangar is to research and identify high-value data that need to be maintained, or curated, to produce an enduring set of digital artifacts for aerospace platforms that can be shared with other AFRL researchers, Air Force Service Program Offices, as well as other agencies such as NASA.

Creation and curation of the Digital Hangar is part of a Department of Defense Digital Engineering initiative that began in June 2018. The strategy defines digital engineering as an integrated digital approach that uses authoritative sources of system data and models as a continuum across disciplines to support lifecycle activities from concept through disposal.

AFRL’s Digital Hangar continues to be developed and will eventually house high-value design information for digital representations of Air Force aerospace systems that will inform decision-making within AFRL and other stakeholder organizations.