Lynx Software Technologies has announced that LynxOS-178 has been selected as the software platform for Ampyx Power. Ampyx Power is developing an airborne wind energy system with a PowerPlane, a tethered aircraft that converts wind into electricity.
The Ampyx Power system represents an exceptional design challenge. The aircraft can fly completely autonomously. PowerPlanes take off, fly and land autonomously from a platform, by utilising a vast array of sensor suites which provide the autopilot with critical information to perform the task safely. It is designed to spend unusually long periods in the air -- it can remain airborne 24 hours a day seven days a week if conditions are suitable, and is designed for a service life of 20 years. The aircraft needs a software platform of exceptional stability and reliability. LynxOS-178 fully meets that requirement, according to Erik van der Heide, Head of Engineering at Ampyx Power.