Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE)

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Our LynxOS-178 secure real-time operating system provides APIs for the FACE™ (Future Airborne Capability Environment) security and safety profiles. The FACE APIs are heavily based on the same POSIX® standard as LynxOS-178, which runs on both Intel® x86 and PowerPC® platforms.

Lynx Software Technologies is an Associate Sponsor of the FACE Consortium, which operates under the auspices of The Open Group. FACE defines the framework for creating a common operating environment that supports applications across multiple Department of Defense avionics systems.

Future Airborne Capability Environment support by our LynxOS®-178 real-time operating system (RTOS) includes:

  • 159 APIs for the FACE Security profile
  • 81 APIs for the FACE Safety profile
  • 98 APIs for the FACE Security Extended profile
  • additional ongoing profile coverage

The Future Airborne Capability Environment standard is designed to enhance the U.S. military aviation community’s ability to improve software reuse, accelerate war-fighter capabilities, and facilitate the adoption of new technologies.

The FACE Consortium is composed of industry and government member organizations, their representatives, and advisors, creating an acquisition-neutral setting where industry can work together with government customers to produce open standards and to influence procurement and policy.

LynxOS-178 is the only time- and space-partitioned RTOS to be awarded FAA Reusable Software Component (RSC) certification (AC 20-148), allowing customers to save substantial time and money in certifying their own systems. The roadmap for Lynx Software Technologies support of FACE includes DO-178 Level A artifact certification under the Lynx Software Technologies Reusable Software Component (RSC) program.