Systems Engineering and Integration
Comprehensive Engineered Solutions.
A simulation platform or training environment starts with a need, evolving through a design to a solution that maximizes pilot and aircrew mission readiness. This evolution requires expert, large scale Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I). Veraxx’s experience and skill across all SE&I disciplines ensure that systems are produced to meet the most stringent requirements, achieving all targets for performance, cost and time-to-delivery.
SE&I encompasses multiple engineering specialties, including:
- Hardware and software development
- Visual, motion and control systems
- Mechanical and electrical design
- Physics-based models and realistic environmental effects
- Facilities, power and infrastructure
- Manufacturing, test and evaluation and quality assurance
Veraxx solutions are designed to deliver optimized capabilities for each specific implementation — meaning we do not deliver a proprietary solution to lock you in and limit your training platform’s future performance. We design-in the ability to easily refresh and expand our solutions and associated tactical networking capability based on advances in technology and new aircraft configurations. Our partnerships with original equipment manufacturers and other industry leaders enable us to scale quickly and cost-effectively — giving pilots, aircrews, and instructors across the U.S.military and its allies the confidence that Veraxx’s high-performance, high-fidelity simulators and networked synthetic tactical training environments consistently provide maximum mission readiness.
“The contractor’s broad interpretation of scope and continued diligence enabled the customer to receive the best product from various emerging requirements. The contractor’s attention to detail and technical expertise greatly enhanced the 5 Combat Mission Simulators overall performance.”
Contractor Performance Assessment Report
“Their biggest strengths are their technical expertise and their ability to communicate the most difficult technical issues in a manner that the entire team can understand.”
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For Veraxx, large scale SE&I has always been a core capability, driving solutions that advance state-of-the-art military flight training platforms. Time and again, our in-house engineering staff has proven they can solve the toughest challenges. By working with best of breed technology providers and aircraft OEMs, we tackle projects and programs of every size and description — intelligently, cost-effectively and proficiently to make each training platform greater than the sum of its parts.
Ultimately, SE&I comes down to an understanding of the interaction among each of a system’s elements and the environment. It’s about designing and building to requirements; integrating all components, systems, and subsystems; and then ensuring that each requirement has been achieved.
The result is a high-fidelity simulator or synthetic ISR networked tactical training environment that assures pilots and aircrews are ready and confident to meet the challenges of flight and the mission, under any conditions.
Tactical Environment Network (TEn) and Special Operations Forces Tactical environment (SOFTAC)
The USMC Tactical Environment is the Veraxx developed off-the-shelf solution for synthetic combat ISR environment needs. TEn provides tactical environment capability stimulus for all weapons, sensors and countermeasures with focus on the man in the loop. Entity performance and behavior are data driven, resulting in a flexible and manageable system that can be tailored by any user based on desired ISR tactical training requirements. The TEn provides the threat system and HLA gateway that are the standards for USMC aviation training. The TEn is uniquely tailored to support both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. The TEn is the key component in training with air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons in a comprehensive ISR tactical training and threat environment.
SOFTAC is a version of TEn tailored specifically for special operation requirements, used for Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment training.
Aviation Distributed Virtual Training Environment (ADVTE)
ADVTE provides comprehensive, integrated and networked training. Currently in use supporting Marine Corps Aviation, ADVTE, as a persistent and integrated system-of-systems solution, currently has the capability to network various Type/Model/Series (T/M/S) Marine Corps Aviation Training System (MC ATS) training devices located across Second (2D) and Third (3D) Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) locations for the purposes of conducting multi-site, multi T/M/S simulated networked ISR training missions to maintain proficiency and enhance aircrew readiness.
Veraxx Instructor/Operator Station (VIOS)
VIOS is a suite of reconfigurable software components that accelerates the design and deployment of simulator-specific instructor/operator stations. Designed with open software and interfaces, VIOS is deployed on inexpensive, non-proprietary hardware. The VIOS has a Client-Server architecture which provides extensive configuration flexibility. To minimize interface costs, the Client and Server communicate via standard Ethernet. VIOS comprises the following components: IOS Graphical User Interface (“GUI”), host-based IOS server, GUI page editor, navigation data editor.
Video Distribution and Streaming System (VDASS)
VDASS consists of one or more video servers which capture video (e.g., ISR video) from several sources and make the video streams available throughout an ethernet network to any number of viewing clients. Each viewer is capable of displaying up to 16 video streams.
Modular Aviation Common Computing Environment (MACCE)
MACCE is a suite of modular S/W components operating in a common computing environment that accelerate the design and deployment of Real-Time cyclic programs — the core of complex simulators and training systems. MACCE was designed to foster maximum reuse of a simulation environment on multiple training systems with different vehicle systems. MACCE is a government off the shelf (GOTS) product that is maintained and improved by Veraxx, currently for use within the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.
MACCE’s flexibility allows multiple use cases. Designed with open software and interfaces, MACCE can be deployed on inexpensive, non-proprietary hardware. Works with Veraxx Plot Monitor Control (VPMC) to manipulate and measure symbol data.
Veraxx Plot Monitor Control (VPMC)
VPMC interfaces with MACCE, providing MACCE symbol manipulation capability and measuring tools. The VPMC client receives symbol data and allows the user to change the symbol data remotely, then display the symbol data on a graphical chart.
VPMC provides a UDP interface between the MACCE-driven Host and the VPMC client application. Interface configuration is set in a VPMC configuration file, that provides communication socket settings, and standard application customization. During startup, the VPMC server reads all available global symbols from the MACCE database management file and provides the VPMC client with a list. The symbols are shown in an update list or strip chart. The symbol update list displays the 60hz value of a symbol, and the user can change the value of that symbol. The plot frame gives the user the ability to graph four symbols on a strip chart. The plot lines and the strip chart are configurable as well.
Sync Board (PCI/PCIe)
Veraxx’s synchronization interface board provides a real-time clock via an external or an internally generated interrupt. The sync board is highly configurable, and all logic on the board is performed inside a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), allowing for custom configuration of input, outputs, and functions. The daughter board interface allows for multiple inputs and outputs.
Available versions support PCI and PCI-E based computers. Linux drivers are included.