Military Embedded Systems

NASA's supersonic aircraft to be equipped with CoreAVI's VkCore

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September 13, 2018

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

NASA's supersonic aircraft to be equipped with CoreAVI's VkCore
Image by CoreAVI

TAMPA, Fla. NASA officials selected Core Avionics & Industrial Inc. (CoreAVI) to provide its safety critical Vulkan driver ? VkCore SC ? for deployment into NASA?s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft.

VkCore SC is designed for DO-178C/ ED-12C DAL A certification and is available with complete certification evidence. It offers graphics and compute capabilities in one driver and will incorporate CoreAVI’s TrueCore 2.0 Safety Monitor to ensure the health and integrity of the system’s GPU and support the GPU’s certification to the highest DAL levels.

VkCore SC will be used by NASA to help develop and deploy NASA’s “windowless cockpit display system” eXternal Vision System (XVS), which replaces the pilot’s front window view with leading-edge sensor display technology. This includes utilizing Vulkan capabilities to enable advanced synthetic vision, object detection, and sensor fusion capabilities.

The X-59, an experimental aircraft, and part of NASA’s Low-Boom Flight Demonstration mission, will achieve supersonic speeds and significantly reduce the noise generated by a sonic boom. The X-59 is being built by NASA’s contractor Lockheed Martin.