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Parvus Supplies Common Mission Computer for Aurora Flight Sciences’ Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Thursday, October 02, 2008 by Parvus Corp

Parvus Corporation today announced a sub-contracting agreement with Aurora Flight Sciences to supply common mission computers for Aurora’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) under several prime contracts. No financial terms were disclosed.

Parvus has delivered Aurora Common Mission Computer (ACMC) units for use with the GoldenEye 80 unmanned aircraft system (UAS), an advanced vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft designed to carry advanced sensor payloads for homeland security and battlefield operations.

“As the US military continues to expand the role of unmanned vehicles, key suppliers, including Aurora, are significantly expanding the capabilities delivered by these vehicles,” said Parvus President Les Goodman. “Parvus is honored to partner with Aurora in providing an advanced MIL-grade commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) computing solution tailored to Aurora’s UAV platforms.”

The ACMC computer is a small-form factor rugged computing system based on Parvus’ COTS DuraCOR 820 subsystem, designed to accommodate the environmental and physical requirements of Aurora’s airborne vehicles. The computing architecture for this Parvus subsystem is based on a low-power mobile Pentium CPU, solid state memory, Linux operating system, military-grade power supply, and various peripheral and network inputs.

It is anticipated that the ACMC’s robust combination of function and small form factor ruggedness will enable the ACMC to support a wide range of unmanned vehicle operator control applications for Aurora.