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METECS creates unforgettable exhibit and virtual reality experience for Tulsa Air & Space Museum

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.
Teaser Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3uSUwIqt_4&feature=emb_logo

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https://www.fox23.com/news/partial-life-size-replica-wwii-bomber-is-open-tulsa-air-space-museum/WNLBHJSO5PVWCXWHYKDNBLG7RY/?_website=cmg-tv-10100

Tulsa World
https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/shouldn-t-be-forgotten-tulsa-air-and-space-museum-dedicates/article_1272d22e-2527-5d2d-8bee-a648b7e35a2a.html

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Implementation of cFS for FreeRTOS

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.

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NG-12 Launch success!

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!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWZKQ73aGrg

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NASA releases new promo…and we’re excited!

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!
#Moon2024

Check out the video by clicking the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/NASA/posts/10157130964141772?sfnsw=cl

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METECS partners with Tulsa Air and Space Museum on a New Exhibit and VR experience.

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.

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TS21 Award Ceremony recognizing METECS employees Angela Reeves & Thomas Brain.

Congratulations on the completion of the TS21 Project!  The TS21 project involved building a simulation of all major ISS systems that is used to train Astronauts in the Space Station Training Facility (SSTF) along with ISS Flights Controllers, Payload Operators, Commercial Partners, and International Partners.  METECS was heavily involved with the software architecture decisions, requirements definition, model creation, and software integration throughout the entire TS21 project.  TS21 uses software packages including mREST, Pong, and MBDyn.  METECS made significant contributions to the project with its role in the Systems Engineering, Flight Software, Graphics, Dynamics, Robotics, Infrastructure, and Mechanisms teams.
During a TS21 Award Ceremony on May 9th, 9 METECS employees were recognized with a TS21 Group Achievement Award from the Flight Operations Division (FOD).  Also, Thomas Brain and Angela Reeves were each recognized individually in this ceremony for their “outstanding achievement in leading the definition, testing, and deployment of the Training Systems for the 21st Century Project”.  In addition to that, TS21 is the recipient of the JSC Exceptional Software Award for 2019 in the category of “Flight and Flight Support”.  TS21 was also chosen to represent JSC in the 2019 NASA Software of the Year competition.
Although the TS21 project is technically complete, METECS is still working on TS21 software sustaining and integrating the dual-arm Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) robot model they helped build into the simulation.
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METECS is supporting NASA in testing the designs of 5 lunar gateway habitats

Specifically, METECS provides simulation (Trick), graphics (Edge), flight software integration (CFS), and ground testing infrastructure (mREST) capabilities that are used in the evaluation of each design.  A team of contractors including METECS put together a common simulation and test architecture that was duplicated and is taken to each location where the habitat testing occurs.  The Northrop Grumman test was performed at JSC and just wrapped up.  Here is a summary of the companies and the testing locations:
Lockheed Martin – Kennedy Space Center, FloridaNorthrop Grumman – Johnson Space Center, TexasBoeing – Marshall Spaceflight Center, AlabamaSierra Nevada, Corp – Johnson Space Center, TexasBigelow Aerospace – Las Vegas, Nevada

Read more about it at https://www.space.com/nasa-lunar-gateway-habitat-designs-testing.html

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METECS IS HIRING

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