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Friday, October 2, 2015

RTI Release DO-178C Certification Data Package for Commercial and Military UAV Avionics

Juliet Van Wagenen

RTI’s DO-178C certification data package aims to help with easy introduction of UAS into the NAS
RTI’s DO-178C certification data package aims to help with easy introduction of UAS into the NAS. Photo: RTI

[Avionics Today 10-02-2015] Real-Time Innovations (RTI) has announced the availability of a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) RTCA DO-178C Level A Certification Package for Connext DDS Cert. This is the first connectivity platform built on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard to complete a DO-178C Design Assurance Level (DAL) A certification evidence package and be placed into a production platform, according to the company. RTCA DO-178C, or the "Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification,” is published as ED-12C by EUROCAE in Europe.

This COTS certification package provides the evidence an aviation authority, such as the FAA, requires when certifying the airworthiness of an avionics system built using Connext DDS Cert. The DO-178C DAL A Certification Package, aims to reduce the time, cost and risk required to develop, integrate and certify a safety-critical distributed application in manned and unmanned avionics systems. The DO-178C DAL A COTS certification evidence package benefits both military and commercial Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS).

Avionics systems have traditionally used custom software to communicate between different applications and subsystems, like radars, displays, communication and mission systems. Developing the software and the necessary certification evidence can reduce time and cost associated with this.

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