Their Instrument builder software simAVIO appeared a few days ago in a video filmed with former NASA astronaut.
“Fly This Sim is excited to be featured on CBS Evening News several nights ago. An adaptation of the Garmin G1000 was produced by Sierra Nevada engineers using FTS’s Instrument Builder software. A link to the video can be found here..
The video shows former NASA astronaut Jim Voss, flying the Dream Chaser simulator with SimAVIO glass panel displays. Mr. Voss heads the space exploration team at Sierra Nevada Corporation, one of four privately-owned companies in a NASA-supervised competition to design and build a successor to the space shuttle. NASA is helping fund the companies and Sierra Nevada got $100 million in seed money
Instrument Builder is ideal for rapid prototyping of avionics systems in research and development applications. Sierra Nevada engineers used their own flight dynamics model with Simulink (MATLAB) and two-way communications with SimAVIO via UDP protocol. Entirely new instruments were created for the EFIS display, such as glide-path track and glide range ring.
Eric N. Paton