Thales uses AdaCore tools for next gen Argos satellite

Thales uses AdaCore tools for next gen Argos satellite

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Operational since 1978, Argos is a satellite-based worldwide location and data collection system dedicated to studying and protecting the environment. The objective of Argos-4 is to ensure continuity of service after the Argos-2 and Argos-3 missions while significantly increasing the system’s telecommunications capabilities and giving transmitters more operational flexibility. Argos-4 is scheduled to fly on NOAA’s NPOESS C1 and C2 satellites.

Thales said it has selected AdaCore’s toolset because it includes a development environment (GNAT Pro), a LEON 2 emulator (GNATemulator), and a code coverage tool (GNATcoverage) that does not require code instrumentation.

Thales said it will use GNAT Pro for LEON ELF and the LEON 2 simulation platform. The LEON2 processor was commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA), and is designed specifically for use in satellite systems.

The 18-month project is expected to be completed in mid-2011, and is estimated to require approximately 25,000 lines of code. The Argos-4 contract is covered by the Thales corporate-wide software license with AdaCore.

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