(Littleton, CO) - On August 1st, 2018, Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) announced that the Advanced Configurable Open Research Network (ACORN)
Advanced Configurable Open Research Network (ACORN) platform is now internationally exportable through the U.S. Department of Commerce.
ACORN Platform Capabilities
The Advanced Configurable Open Research Network (ACORN) platform is a foundational capability to support space systems life-cycle design and development efforts. ACORN provides a scalable, rapidly reconfigurable, closed-loop, end-to-end, space systems modeling & simulation, and integration platform enabled by Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA). ACORN supports complete end-to-end detailed design, development, and test capabilities (Mission Concept through Operations) that incorporates flight software, components (simulated and/or hardware), and full dynamic simulation; enhancing system capabilities and increasing mission assurance.
“The ACORN platform gives engineering teams a competitive advantage in cost reduction, risk mitigation and system development time by allowing them to make informed decisions from conceptualization, through planning, design, integration, test, operations and beyond. All of this is accomplished by facilitating rapid and simple early integration of hardware components, software systems and models, mission support tools, and the adaptability, extensibility, and flexibility of the system through configuration inputs and Application Programmer Interfaces.” said Jonathon Murphy, ACORN Product Manager at OAI.
ACORN Platform Benefits
ACORN has been engineered to deliver customers with out-of-the-box functionality to begin developing and planning their mission. ACORN comes pre-loaded with representative flight software; generic sub-system and component models; dynamic modeling and simulation capabilities; physics models; mission scenarios; and, a ground command and control interface. ACORN also allows users to swap out the provided modules (flight software, components, ground, etc.) with their own internally developed or other third-party vendor modules/solutions. Through application program interfaces (API), users can customize ACORN with their components, software, and models to be representative of their system and mission. The modular nature of the ACORN platform allows modules of ACORN to operate independently, scale, and expand with the needs of the user. ACORN may be used as a complete software simulation, a blend of software simulation and hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL), or all HWIL – with its open system architecture providing ease of hardware integration. In addition, ACORN is Ethernet enabled which allows users to interface around the globe providing borderless system design and development.
ACORN users realize significant cost savings over the traditional mission/system development model. ACORN reduces hardware integration timelines, efficiently performs trades and analyses, minimizes travel (for personnel and hardware), and buys down risk. ACORN provides users the benefits of ‘new space’ technologies while continuing to deliver the ‘old space’ reliability, traceability, and functional/performance attributes.
“The OAI team is excited to be able to offer this product internationally. ACORN fundamentally changes the landscape of space system development and is going to be a cornerstone in the future of MOSA and space system technologies
” –Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr. OAI President & CSE.
ACORN will be internationally available beginning Fall of 2018. ACORN is available for commercial export under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) via the United States Department of Commerce under categories 9D515 and 9E515.
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|Oakman Aerospace Inc.
Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) is a woman/veteran-owned small business focused on total end-to-end space systems engineering providing: rapid and responsive space system architectures; modular spacecraft/satellite design & development; mission/payload and data distribution services; and, specialized RF phenomenology, products and services.