|ALANTE UAV. Photo: Airbus Defense and Security Group
[Avionics Today 09-25-2014] Deep inside the Airbus Defense and Space Group’s long endurance tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), dubbed ALANTE, lies the Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform, a Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) platform for delivering safety-critical, Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) applications.
ATLANTE an important technological and industrial initiative in the Spanish UAV sector, is designed to carry out target identification, shoot correction, and damage evaluation operations, among other Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions. The UAV offers the capability of operating 24 hours a day, in any meteorological condition and does not require take-off or landing strips.
VxWorks 653 is compliant with ARINC 653, which implements ARINC 653 partitioning of applications. Specifically, VxWorks 653 powers the mission computer, ground communications and control station critical computers in the ATLANTE aircraft.