September 2021 Newsletter

2021-09-29
ZedaSoft delivers Mockingbird UAS/RPA drone simulators and Zuse flight simulators to the U.S. Air Force Academy in their Multi-Domain Laboratory for Strategic Studies.

The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) opened its Multi-Domain Laboratory (MDL) containing two modular suites.  Each suite’s Flight Bay consists of 12 networked flight simulators supporting the employment of 10 different fighter and bomber aircraft types, as well as operational overwatch from 3 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) ground station simulators with pilot and sensor operator positions.

The two suites can run independently or be linked into the same scenario. Furthermore, the suites fully integrate voice, data link, and chat capabilities to enhance decision-making processes. Future upgrades target the integration and networking of the MDL suites to entities outside of USAFA and beyond.

More about the Multi-Domain Laboratory here

RPA Drone station with Pilot and Sensor Operator views
Zuse Flight Simulator Suite at USAF Academy

Upgraded Bell 407GXi Advanced Rotorcraft Simulator (ARS) delivered to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI)

ZedaSoft, Inc. delivered an upgraded Bell 407GXi Advanced Rotorcraft Simulator (ARS) under FAA contract 6973GH-20-C-00067 to the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI).  The ARS flight simulator is designed for CAMI’s research into civil aviation human factors and flight safety. The simulator will be integrated into the existing ZedaSoft-provided data recording and experimenter operator system (EOS). The simulator will also leverage the laboratory’s existing VADAAR LVC video and audio recording software provided by PLEXSYS Interface Products. 

For this effort, ZedaSoft selected several high-quality industry products and integrated them into a best-of-breed solution to meet the FAA’s requirements.  The upgrade contract included adding the following systems:
  • Bell 407NXi simulator flight model from Bihrle Applied Research (BAR)
  • Garmin GTN 750 hardware with data interface to the ZedaSoft’s CBA® for Simulation framework
  • Precision Flight Controls (PFC) simulated Garmin 1000H-NXi avionics instrument panel
  • Simulated Garmin G1000H NXi software functionality built on ZedaSoft’s CBA for Simulation framework.
ZedaSoft specializes in integrating distinct simulation products into a cohesive whole using our patented Container Based Architecture (CBA®) for Simulation framework, which is a modular open systems architecture and serves as the runtime engine for the ARS simulator.

ZedaSoft continues support of UAS collision avoidance studies at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) laboratory

ZedaSoft continues to integrate collision detection and avoidance tools to research various means to alert UAV ground operators to possible collisions with other aircraft in support of FAA Special Committee 228.  This special committee is working to develop the minimum operating performance standards (MOPS) for detect and avoid (DAA) equipment and a Command and Control (C2) datalink using L-band and C-band solutions to integrate UAVs in the National Airspace System (NAS).

ZedaSoft developed collision awareness and avoidance displays to alert UAV operators to potential collisions with other aircraft.  A collision scenario is shown in the picture to the right.  The FAA is currently designing the next study using ZedaSoft’s Mockingbird UAS simulator integrated with this display to provide a more modular open systems approach to integrating the National Airspace Systems.

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