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Aerospace technologies are rapidly evolving, and hypervisors can help

Engineers in the aerospace industry are actively working to usher in new innovations for a multitude of reasons. Mankind is looking to tackle a great many new initiatives in the years ahead, ranging from faster and safer commercial aircrafts to superior technology for space exploration.

As they look to tackle bigger and better challenges, industry professionals are looking for more powerful tools to aid in their mission. Hypervisors can certainly play a role in the process, enabling these engineers consolidate hardware resources by using a common computing platform.

Greater virtualization ahead Teams of aerospace engineers often develop separate systems which need to operate on a single hardware host while also supporting legacy systems. This is a difficult task, especially when including the safety and security necessary in aerospace systems. Luckily, though, safe and secure hypervisors have been developed with the aerospace industry in mind. A team of researchers at Aerospace.org believes that the devices can aid with virtualization, helping all engineers design software for separate systems running on a single hardware host.

“The hypervisor implements and manages virtual machines, which allow the installation of operating systems and associated applications,” the source stated. “The hypervisor manages and allocates the physical hardware to support concurrent operation of multiple virtual machines and therefore multiple operating systems. Each virtual machine is partitioned from the others to prevent interference.”

This is a major development for the aerospace industry. Hypervisors allow new systems and legacy systems to operate on the same hardware.

Uncovering numerous benefits The benefits of hypervisor use in aerospace engineering are practically endless. The Aerospace Corporation uncovered a few, emphasizing that newly emerging technologies can affect mission resilience and information assurance in engineering.

Virtualized computers are one positive effect, enabling teams to design systems more effectively, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Protected terrestrial networks are another innovation that’s expected in the near future. These systems should help people share information without fear of interference or data breach. Cognitive radios and biologically inspired mechanisms are two other innovations coming around the bend – two developments that Aerospace.org says will indicate a “grand synthesis” for space and cyber systems in the years ahead.

DornerWorks is eager to provide guidance to the booming aerospace industry. With a wealth of experience in each stage of the engineering process – including authoring, reviewing and verifying at all phases of both high and low-level projects – the company is more than qualified to assist with any aerospace-related initiative.