The REALM software team reached a major milestone recently deploying an on-orbit software upgrade to the REALM-1 system on the International Space Station. This upgrade’s main feature allows better compatibility with other RF systems onboard the vehicle and also includes various other enhancements to commanding and telemetry of the system. Congratulations to the whole team making this a success! We look forward to new RFID based technologies currently in development that will extend the inventory management capabilities of the REALM system and help the ISS crew succeed in their mission!
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METECS is excited to see the new Falcon booster now at Space Center Houston. Our team has been involved with simulation and graphics integration of the SpaceX Dragon vehicle within our ISS simulations, which is trained in NASA Space Station Training Facility (SSTF) and many other NASA facilities.
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METECS was proud to sponsor the Goforth Elementary School’s robotics team in the 2019 Vex IQ challenge.
Read more about the Vex IQ Challenge! https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-iq-challenge
METECS, a recognized leader in virtual reality simulation, debuted a new Tulsamerican B-24 exhibit and virtual reality experience on December 17th, 2019, the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. The dedication ceremony included an in-depth historical presentation on the Tulsamerican’s heroic crew, words of inspiration from the family of the crew, a moment of silence for the lost crew members, a ribbon cutting ceremony with the media and a chance to relive the B-24’s last flight in a permanent virtual reality viewing station.
As part of President Roosevelt’s “Arsenal of Democracy” to aid WWII efforts, Tulsa was selected as the new location of a Douglas plant. Employees of the Douglas-Tulsa plant bought enough war bonds to cover the cost of the last B-24 built in Tulsa, and so dubbed it The Tulsamerican. The Tulsamerican fought in Europe, it’s last mission was on December 17, 1944 where it was attacked and crashed. It currently rests in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia.
Our very own Jonathan Brandenburg made a presentation on December 9th regarding the implementation of cFS for FreeRTOS. FreeRTOS, a popular real-time operating system, is frequently chosen for embedded systems based on its capabilities and availability. Many students, startups, and established organizations have experience with FreeRTOS. Thus, a FreeRTOS implementation of cFS is on the cFS roadmap and will address a demand in the flight software community. To better understand the challenges and implications of cFS on FreeRTOS, we initiated an effort to create FreeRTOS implementations of cFS.
The presentation was very well received. The original creators of OSAL and cFS were among the audience. They, along with others, were very complimentary.
In the coming weeks METECS will be releasing the Operating System Abstraction Layer for the FreeRTOS Windows Simulator. This OSAL underlies the core Flight System software allowing cFS to run on FreeRTOS. An announcement will be made when the OSAL is available.
METECS was very excited to see the launch of the NG-12 spacecraft on Saturday. This spacecraft, which reached the ISS on Monday, contains over 8000 lbs of cargo. Part of that cargo were some robotic payloads for the Astrobee robot that the METECS team helped develop. METECS is very excited to see this hardware and software get deployed for checkout later this year!
Today, NASA successfully tested the launch abort system (Ascent Abort-2) for the Orion spacecraft.
METECS is proud to have provided modeling and simulation support and test automation framework to this project.
Read more about program below.
NASA’s latest video “We are going to the Moon” gets our team at METECS really excited. We are honored and privileged everyday to be an integral part of what goes on behind the scenes. METECS is helping to develop system architectures for Gateway, backup flight software for Orion, autonomous logistics and robotics capabilities, vehicle simulations, and integration & test infrastructures for both Orion and Gateway. As NASA continues to move forward, so do we. Let’s do it!
Check out the video by clicking the link below!
METECS was honored to attend the 50th anniversary Apollo Mission’s celebration featuring astronauts Tom Stafford and Harrison Schmitt, with a keynote address from NASA’s Jim Bridenstine. This event, produced by the Tulsa Air & Space Museum, was a special time of celebration and new announcements.
METECS, based in Houston, has worked with NASA JSC for over 16 years on numerous initiatives including the Shuttle, ISS and Orion projects. We are proud of our longstanding NASA partnership and look forward to partnering with the Tulsa Air and Space Museum on a brand-new exhibit featuring the heroic mission of the Tulsamerican B-24 bomber. The crew and specially named aircraft made its last flight during the Battle of the Bulge on December 1944. METECS is honored to help tell this story through a physical installation along with a Virtual Reality Experience. The exhibit will be open to the public by the end of 2019.