Lynx: certifiable software platform for airborne wind energy generation system
Lynx Software Technologies has been selected as the software platform for Ampyx Power. Ampyx Power is developing an Airborne Wind Energy system with a PowerPlane, a tethered aircraft that converts wind into economical green electricity. The fact that LynxOS-178 is a Commercial off-the-Shelf operating system which has received acceptance for reusability from the FAA for DO-178 certification, and from EASA, was an important criterion in this selection process.
The Ampyx Power system represents an exceptional design challenge. The aircraft can fly completely autonomously. PowerPlanes take off, fly and land autonomously from a platform, by utilizing a vast array of sensor suites which provide the autopilot with critical information to perform the task safely. It is designed to spend unusually long periods in the air – it can remain airborne 24 hours a day seven days a week if conditions are suitable, and is designed for a service life of 20 years. The aircraft needs a software platform of exceptional stability and reliability. LynxOS-178 fully meets that requirement.