Virtual Test and Development Platform for Satellite Ground Systems Reduces Need for Multi-Million Dollar Test Hardware and Accelerates Software Development
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- May 07, 2008 -- Virtutech, Inc., the leading provider of virtualized software development solutions for advanced electronic systems, today announced that General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), is deploying Virtutech Simics for the ground segment of the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) program. The ground system will be provided by Lockheed Martin, prime contractor for the MUOS program.
MUOS is the U.S. military’s next-generation narrow band tactical satellite communications system, designed to significantly enhance ground communications for U.S. and Allied mobile forces. General Dynamics C4 Systems is leading the development and deployment of the MUOS ground system that provides communications and control interfaces between the MUOS satellites and existing and future U.S. Department of Defense terrestrial communication networks.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., prime contractor and systems engineering lead for the MUOS program, is under contract to design, build and deploy the first two MUOS satellites and the associated MUOS ground system. The Navy’s Program Executive Office for Space Systems, Chantilly, Va., and its Communications Satellite Program Office, San Diego, Calif., are responsible for the MUOS program.
Virtutech Simics is the only platform able to provide an environment that could support rigorous testing and, at the highest level of abstraction at the transaction-level modeling (TLM), is fast enough to be useful for software developers. This is critical to the development of the MUOS ground system. MUOS will provide simultaneous voice, video and data communication for warfighters on the move.
Virtutech Simics provides a virtualized software development environment, minimizing the need to build multiple multi-million-dollar test models of satellite systems hardware. Leveraging Virtutech Simics, General Dynamics can simulate satellite ground systems hardware to create a testing and debugging tool for the MUOS mission operations. By injecting faults in the simulated ground systems hardware, the mission operations team can implement efficient responses to possible failures or anomalies in the actual system prior to the launch, which provides comprehensive training opportunities and invaluable insight into the activities of the real system long before the actual hardware is available.
“This implementation solidifies Simics as a critical component in the satellite market for ground systems software development,” said Michel Genard, vice president of marketing for Virtutech. “It also underscores our strength in large-scale simulation and validates our trusted status to participate in mission critical government projects. We are honored that Virtutech’s speed, scalability, model availability and control have positioned us as a leader and successful contributor to significant satellite projects like MUOS.”
Virtutech, Inc. is the leader in product development process improvement through virtualized software development (VSD). Virtutech Simics™ allows for a revolutionary change in the product development process at a full system level rather than a component level and is the only commercial solution that delivers the four most important criteria for successful deployment of hardware virtualization in the electronics equipment development process: speed, scalability, model availability, and control. Simics customers report reduced time to market, better project risk management, lower capital expenditure, product development cost and maintenance as well as increased quality and individual productivity. Virtutech serves the needs of the world’s leading OEMs in the high-performance computing, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, networking industries and semiconductors. Customers include Cisco, Ericsson, Freescale Semiconductor, GE Avionics, Honeywell, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Nortel, Northrop Grumman, MontaVista and Wind River. Virtutech is an active participant in organizations to drive adoption of VSD such as ARM Connected Community, Eclipse.org, IBM PartnerWorld, Power.org, OSCI and Spirit Consortium. Virtutech is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit www.virtutech.com.