UEI hardware, avionics I/O support ZedaSoft AH-64D Apache helicopter simulator for U.S. Army

WALPOLE, Mass., 21 July 2016. Engineers at ZedaSoft Inc., a simulation and visualization software company in Fort Worth, Texas, selected United Electronic Industries (UEI) in Walpole, Massachusetts, to provide its PowerDNA Cube and avionics interfaces for a Boeing AH-64D Apache military helicopter simulator ZedaSoft engineers are developing for the U.S. Army’s Distributed Test Control Center (DTCC).

Jul 21st, 2016
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WALPOLE, Mass., 21 July 2016. Engineers at ZedaSoft Inc., a simulation and visualization software company in Fort Worth, Texas, selected United Electronic Industries (UEI) in Walpole, Massachusetts, to provide its PowerDNA Cube and avionics interfaces for a Boeing AH-64D Apache military helicopter simulator ZedaSoft engineers are developing for the U.S. Army’s Distributed Test Control Center (DTCC).

ZedaSoft’s simulator integrated with UEI hardware and I/O will support the U.S. Army’s various aviation and communication system testing activities.

ZedaSoft’s Reconfigurable Cockpit System (RCS) will serve as the pilot’s station, while the Reconfigurable Desktop System (RDS) will serve as the co-pilot/gunner station. ZedaSoft’s Experimenter Operator Station (EOS) will control system testing.

The RCS has been customized to an AH-64D realistic configuration, which includes a wide variety of robust electronics, including:

  • touchscreen, multifunction displays;
  • MetaVR’s five-channel image generator;
  • Simulation and Control Technologies’ control loading system;
  • Bihrle Applied Research high-fidelity flight model;
  • and a 120-degree horizontal and 60-degree vertical out-the-window visual display.

UEI’s has two PowerDNA (Distributed Networked Automation) Cubes installed that will act as the simulator linkage I/O and avionics interface. The cube is a 4 inch x 4.1 inch x 4 inch compact, rugged, Ethernet-based interface with flexibility that allows the user to configure one or more cubes to match the specific I/O requirements.

The Cube is well suited for a wide variety of aerospace, industrial, and laboratory data acquisition and control applications, officials say. With more than 60 different I/O boards available, including full avionics support, UEI’s PowerDNA Cube offered the perfect configuration for this simulator application, officials add.

“UEI understands our business and needs and gets us the right equipment immediately. They have been instrumental in helping us get 4 cockpit simulators together for the U.S. Army,” says ZedaSoft’s President G.W. Estep.

UEI’s PowerDNA Cube is supported by all popular Windows, Linux, and real-time operating systems (RTOS). UEI framework provides a simple and universal API and supports all common programming languages. The Cube is also supported by an extensive array of application packages, including LabVIEW, MATLAB, and more.

The simulator will be used at the U.S. Army’s Redstone DTCC at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.

ZedaSoft develops products for the simulation and visualization industry. Its customers include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Air Force, and other defense, government and commercial organizations. The main goal at ZedaSoft is to strike the balance between realistic simulation and cost-effective deployed solutions utilizing modern simulation architecture, officials say.

Founded in 1990, UEI is a provider to the PC/Ethernet data acquisition, control, and test and measurement markets. UEI’s I/O “Cube” and RACKtangle are compact, rugged platforms, well suited for a wide range of DAQ, data recording, field test, and embedded control applications. Industries served include military and commercial aerospace, automotive, missile system test, unmanned vehicle control, space system launch control, appliance test, simulator control, in-vehicle test, wind and solar power system control, semiconductor manufacturing, medical equipment, and more. UEI offers both COTS and custom products to OEMs, end-users, and systems integrators worldwide. UEI supports all popular Windows, Linux and Real-time operating systems (e.g. VxWorks, QNX), programming languages, and application packages such as LabVIEW and MATLAB.

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