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Wind River RTOS is proven in maiden flight of advanced UAV

10 February 2011

The US Navy/Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned aircraft successfully completed its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base in California on February 4, 2011. Wind River’s VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) is a key technology for the X-47B in the Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) programme. VxWorks was chosen as the software platform for the UCAS-D programme, and by GE Aviation as the foundation for the Common Core System, the UCAS-D computer backbone.

The X-47B is an unmanned aircraft Northrop Grumman developed for the US Navy to demonstrate that an unmanned, tailless aircraft can operate safely and autonomously from aircraft carriers and refuel in-flight. VxWorks was chosen to create, deploy and maintain critical applications for this unmanned aircraft, the platform being well proven in safety-critical control systems.
“The UCAS-D program is an essential step toward the future of carrier-based unmanned systems technology, and Wind River is honoured to have been selected for such an ambitious military programme,” said Chip Downing, director of aerospace and defense at Wind River.

“As evidenced by our work with Northrop Grumman, Wind River continues to be a core innovation enabler for unmanned systems with proven COTS certification products that help companies quickly bring to market highly complex systems that must undergo rigorous military and commercial safety testing and verification.”

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