MADEFAST is an ARPA-sponsored project, administered with the assistance of NIST, to demonstrate technology developed under the MADE program. The goal is to show how the computational tools developed under MADE can be collaboratively used by MADE contractors at different sites to design and manufacture a significant artifact.
The proposed artifact is a seeker. The term "seeker" generically refers to a variety of (typically air-to-air) missle that employs sensors to lock onto and track a target, guiding the missle. Designing and building such a missle seeker is beyond the scope of the MADEFAST project. Instead, we are building a somewhat simpler device with a non-lethal mission: to track a light displayed on a wall.
The SimLab component of MADEFAST is to use the simulation and analysis tools developed under MADE to aid in the design by providing analysis of the physical behavior of the proposed artifact.