ZedaSoft chooses UEI for avionics interfaces to U.S. Army AH-64D attack helicopter simulator

July 21, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas, 21 July 2016. Aircraft simulation and training experts at ZedaSoft Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, needed avionics interfaces for a AH-64D attack helicopter simulator. They found their solution from United Electronic Industries (UEI) in Walpole, Mass.
FORT WORTH, Texas, 21 July 2016. Aircraft simulation and training experts at ZedaSoft Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, needed avionics interfaces for a AH-64D attack helicopter simulator. They found their solution from United Electronic Industries (UEI) in Walpole, Mass.

UEI will provide the company's PowerDNA Cube and avionics interfaces to ZedaSoft, which is providing the AH-64D simulator to the U.S. Army's Distributed Test Control Center (DTCC) at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

ZedaSoft's simulator is integrated with UEI hardware and I/O for Army aviation and communication system testing activities, UEI officials say.

ZedaSoft's Reconfigurable Cockpit System (RCS) will serve as the pilot's station, while the ZedaSoft Reconfigurable Desktop System (RDS) will serve as the co-pilot and gunner station. ZedaSoft's Experimenter Operator Station (EOS) will control system testing.

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ZedaSoft designers customized the reconfigurable cockpit to an AH-64D configuration, which includes touch-screen multi-function displays, five- channel image generator, control loading system, high-fidelity flight model, and a 120 degree horizontal and 60 degree vertical out-the-window visual displays.

The system uses two UEI PowerDNA (Distributed Networked Automation) Cubes that will act as the simulator linkage I/O and avionics interface.

The cube is a 4-by-4.1-by-4-inch rugged Ethernet-based interface that enables the user to configure one or more cubes to match their I/O requirements. The Cube is suited for aerospace, industrial, and laboratory data acquisition and control applications.

UEI's PowerDNA Cube has more than different I/O boards available, including full avionics support. PowerDNA Cube has support from Windows, Linux, and real-time operating systems.

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The UEI framework provides a API and supports common programming languages. The Cube also has support from application packages like LabVIEW and MATLAB.

For more information contact UEI online at www.ueidaq.com, or ZedaSoft at www.zedasoft.com.

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