Advanced flight control computer planned for RASCAL research helicopter

16 November 2018

Credit: Gertrud Zach, U.S. Army/Released

North Atlantic Industries have announced an initial contract award from The Boeing Company to provide a dual-redundant, flight control computer for ‘airborne laboratory’: the RASCAL Research Helicopter.

The RASCAL is a Blackhawk that has been modified for fly-by-wire control systems research and is essentially an airborne laboratory for pilots and researchers. The flight control computer (FCC) incorporates DDC-I's Deos multicore ARINC-653 real-time operating system and safety-critical dual-redundant time-triggered Ethernet, providing the most technologically advanced safety-critical FCC in the industry.

Said William Forman, CEO of North Atlantic Industries (NAI): "For North Atlantic Industries, our selection as the FCC supplier represents a major step forward in our efforts to develop advanced safety-critical system solutions.

"This includes single-board computers, multifunction input/output motherboards, function modules, and intelligent power supplies – all based on NAI's Configurable Open Systems Architecture (COSA) technology.

"The RASCAL program will demonstrate and expand NAI’s ability to manage complex, safety-critical programs and enable our customers to take advantage of NAI’s COSA architecture for safety-critical applications."

All work will be performed at North Atlantic Industries’ Bohemia, NY facilities. For more information, visit www.naii.com/cosa.


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