DornerWorks Wins SBIR Phase II award from DARPA
October 28th, 2014
Grand Rapids, MI – The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has awarded DornerWorks a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II base contract for continued study for the development of a space-qualified hypervisor designed to support the virtualization of satellite payloads.
ARINC 653 Real-Time Linux on Xen (ARLX) is an open-source, safe and secure, embedded hypervisor that DornerWorks developed by extending the Xen open source hypervisor. DornerWorks funded the initial project work with internal research and development funding. Further development followed with the award of multiple US Navy SBIR contracts. The evolution of ARLX into a serious open-source alternative to safety critical systems continues with additional development and research funding made possible by the DARPA SBIR. This award provides further opportunities to showcase the innovation and flexibility of ARLX by expanding its use on a different hardware platform and running on a space-based system.
DARPA has been a leader in encouraging fundamental research in both large and small companies, resulting in many technological improvements throughout the years. From the creation of the Internet to stealth technology, DARPA’s mission focus has been to maintain the technological superiority of the US military by sponsoring high-risk, high-payoff research. DornerWorks is proud to be part of that mission with this SBIR.
Principal investigator for the contract, Andrew Santangelo, Chief Technical Officer of sci_Zone, had this to say about the project, “sci_Zone is excited to work with DornerWorks – a partnership bringing the best elements of both companies together. The integration of DornerWorks’ hypervisor tools with the QuickSAT environment could lead to a more secure and reliable software environment for vehicles in space.”