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DGy Digital Recording and Streaming Technology for F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the world's most advanced multi-role fighter providing pilots with unprecedented situational awareness and unmatched lethality and survivability. Manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corporation, the F-35 is equipped with next-generation avionics, stealth capability, network-enabled mission systems, sensor fusion, and weapons systems. The Lockheed Martin Aeronautics division provides design, development, systems integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics recently expanded its Test Mission Control Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. One of the critical components of the technology upgrade is a state-of-the-art recording capability for post-test flight analysis and review. Lockheed selected RGB Spectrum's innovative DGy™ JPEG2000 recording system to deliver this mission-critical recording capability.

The DGy recording system was chosen for its superior reproduction of the most complex detail. Using JPEG2000 compression to achieve visually lossless recording, the wavelet-based codec provides results superior to other compression schemes by encoding every frame and the entire color spectrum.

One of the key advantages of the DGy system is that it can record a variety of disparate signals. The facility is equipped with any extensive array of visualization sources and recently expanded from 12 high-resolution workstations to a current total of 27. Image content consists of dynamic maps with aircraft positional tracking overlays, avionics data, and critical safety-of-flight parameters generated from the IADS (Interactive Analysis & Display System). Additionally, aircraft tests are monitored using various flight line, hangar, hover pit, aircraft on-board video cameras, and tracking antennae. The DGy codecs allow test system operators to record any of these signals at up to 1920 x 1200 resolution, at any time, for analysis and review at a later date.

In the analysis and review phase, operators control the codec using its embedded Web Control Panel GUI. Operators can place event marks at key instances during both record and replay for fast, convenient random access in the post-test review. The DGy codec offers unrivaled replay versatility with a bevy of capabilities including instant random access by time code and event marks, variable speed replay, and frame-by-frame jog/shuttle.

RGB Spectrum's DGy recording and streaming technology is the de facto standard in demanding applications such as simulation, command-and-control, emergency operations, missile testing, security, and telemetry. High profile installations include the F-35 Lightning III Joint Strike Fighter simulator program, the U.S. Army Future Combat Systems program, the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command, the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, and deployments on the U.S. Navy destroyer fleet, the Canada Navy frigate fleet, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is a leader in the design, development, systems integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft and related technologies. Its customers include the military services of the United States and allied countries throughout the world. Products include the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, F-22 Raptor, F-16, F-117, F-2 and C-5, C-130, and C-141 transports. For more information, call (817) 777-2000 or visitwww.lockheedmartin.com/aeronautics.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at www.rgb.com.