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 the 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 is was attacked and crashed.  It currently rests in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia.

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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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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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Ditch Witch Introduces HDD VR Simulator

Ditch Witch Introduces HDD VR Simulator

METECS and Ditch Witch have partnered to develop our next generation Horizontal Directional Drill simulator which uses cutting-edge immersive and simulation technologies to provide operators with the experience of operating HDD equipment without the consequences and expense of training on real equipment. Combined with Ditch Witch’s Certified HDD Training curriculum, the simulator helps prepare operators for underground construction by emphasizing safe and effective operation of the HDD equipment.

“The Ditch Witch HDD VR Simulator takes our original HDD simulator to a new level of realism by providing OEM Ditch Witch joysticks and completely immersing the operator in a realistic 360-degree virtual jobsite. This significantly reduces the situational awareness transition between training on the simulator and using the actual equipment,” said METECS president John MacLean.

For more information about Ditch Witch training and the HDD VR Simulator check out their press release at https://www.ditchwitch.com/press-releases/ditch-witch-introduces-industry-first-hdd-virtual-reality-simulator. HDD contractors and education centers can purchase the simulator at their local Ditch Witch dealership.

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