Software Reliability at Hypersonic Speeds

GMV needed an automated software test solution for the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) program that would identify, solve, and prevent code issues and enable them to provide evidence for ECSS-E-ST-40C and DO-178 certification.


In order to meet ECSS-E-ST-40C and DO-178 standards and provide high quality software for the IXV program, GMV selected the VectorCAST automated test platform. GMV engineers use VectorCAST/C++ and VectorCAST/Cover to perform software testing and structural coverage analysis.


The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is a European Space Agency (ESA) program for developing critical systems for manned and unmanned missions. The IXV program will test atmospheric re-entry technologies during hypersonic and supersonic flight phases. Since the launch of the program, GMV has played a key role in the development of the IXV’s onboard software, which plays an important role in guidance, navigation and control functions.

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