Utility System Characterization, An Overview
Modern air vehicles consist of many subsystems, traditionally managed as a federation of independent subsystems. Advances in control technologies, digital electronics and electro-mechanical hardware, provide potential opportunities to integrate subsystems for future aircraft. This document does not define any particular integration strategy. Its purpose is to provide information about traditional federated subsystems from the functional, control, resource, and hardware perspective. To be able to integrate subsystems, one must have a basic understanding of the subsystems, and this document provides an introduction or starting point for initiating the integration process.
Rationale: A five-year review was performed on this document with results reported at the Fall 2018 A6 conference. A title change was identified as necessary to ensure the technical content is not overlooked during an online topic search. A scope revision is also needed to more accurately describe existing technical content. A revised title and scope were presented at the Fall 2019 conference and approved at the sub-committee level and is now ready for submittal to the A6 Steering Council. Alignment with the A6 style standard, revision 2.1, is also in-scope for the proposed revision.