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General Dynamics Uses Wind River Simics to Meet NASA Challenge

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Technology Category
  • Analytics & Modeling - Digital Twin / Simulation
Applicable Industries
  • Aerospace
Applicable Functions
  • Product Research & Development
Use Cases
  • Virtual Prototyping & Product Testing
The Challenge
In designing and building Fermi, the General Dynamics C4 Systems business unit was faced with a challenge: it needed to provide an environment that could support rigorous testing by multiple Fermi subsystem groups before the spacecraft hardware was available.
About The Customer
General Dynamics Corporation is an American aerospace and defense company. Formed by mergers and divestitures, it is the world's fifth-largest defense contractor.
The Customer
General Dynamics Corporation
The Solution
Using Wind River Simics, General Dynamics has constructed and delivered a tool that facilitates both software development and Mission Operations Center training procedures. Using a virtual model of the hardware, General Dynamics simulates satellite processors and other spacecraft avionics hardware, allowing the embedded flight software to run without detecting the difference from running on real production hardware. With the robust development environment provided by Wind River Simics, developers can test and debug flight software on a simulated model, minimizing the need for multimillion-dollar test hardware.

Software Components
- Wind River Simics
Operational Impact
  • [Process Optimization - Remote Control]
    Control over flight software code for extensive and thorough testing is increased, which contributes to an accelerated software development process as well as higher-quality code.
  • [Cost Reduction - R&D]
    The use of Wind River simulation technology reduces the need for expensive test hardware for software development purposes, delivering considerable cost savings.
  • [Product Improvement - User Acceptance]
    The mission operations team benefits from a more flexible training environment that enables comprehensive training for mission-critical operations.

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