Military Embedded Systems

Gray Eagle UAS adopts LYNX MOSA.ic software framework

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August 26, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Associate Editor

Military Embedded Systems

GA-ASI photo.

SAN JOSE, Calif. Lynx Software Technologies, company specializing in modern platform software technologies, announced that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has adopted the LYNX MOSA.ic software framework for the Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

According to the company, LYNX MOSA.ic is aligned with GA-ASI’s objectives to meet software-modernization targets for the GE-ER program that include safety and cost efficiency, as well as introducing new features, increasing system robustness, and securing future flexibility.

The GE-ER is a multi-mission UAS including surveillance and other intelligence gathering. The air vehicle carries sensors including color and thermographic cameras and is piloted remotely from a ground-control station via satellite data link or optionally by line-of-sight data link.

An early goal of the software modernization sought to integrate a new and advanced video codec implemented on the Zynq UltraScale+  adaptable multiprocessor system on chip (MPSoC) from Xilinx, Inc. The company claims that the modularity of LYNX MOSA.ic enabled the team to achieve an efficient and robust solution in a mixed criticality environment including both Linux and a deterministic real-time operating system.