pC-NOVA™

pC-NOVA™ is Aechelon Technology's fully integrated image generator whose software-based runtime engine transforms commodity PCs and other enterprise-quality COTS PC components into image generators for flight simulation; with rock-solid 60Hz frame rate, rendering high-resolution, geospecific databases with stunning realism in both out-the-window scenes and for a full range of correlated sensors. pC-NOVA™'s proven program track record speaks for itself in terms of quality, reliability and performance.




pC-Nova™ has taken advantage of vertex and pixel shaders since 2000 and has now implemented its sixth generation shader engine in the latest pC-Nova™ release (v5.0), maintaining its technology lead on competitors who are only now adopting shader technology.
The pC-Nova™IG's modular architecture and advanced task scheduling enable deterministic real-time performance, low latency, and unprecedented scene complexity, as well as multi-channel and performance scalability. Real-time paging of texture, terrain, and cultural features enable maximum fidelity flight training. pC-Nova databases can contain an unlimited number of high-resolution insets down to sub-foot per texel. Real-time load management ensures sustained update rates of 60Hz or higher at display formats up to eye-limiting resolution. pC-Nova™'s high-performance rendering supports complex scenes for more effective mission training.
Support for hundreds of simultaneous moving models supports realistic tactical scenarios. Controllable model lighting, articulations (landing gear, gear doors, control surfaces, speed brakes), afterburner plumes, propellers and helicopter rotors contribute to scene detail. A comprehensive model library (3,000+) delivered with each pC-Nova™ contains friendly and hostile aircraft and weapons, ground vehicles, and ship models. Extensive mission functions support collision detection, radar altimetry, line of sight to emitters, laser ranging, and ground reactions
pC-Nova™ includes an extensive library of highly realistic environment, weather, and special effects to make simulated missions as demanding as in real life. Environment effects include continuous time of day with ephemeris-controlled Sun, Moon, and stars, dawn and dusk horizon glow, real time shadows and high-dynamic range rendering to create veiling glare from the Sun (and from the Moon in NVGs).
Weather effects include visibility, haze, solid and patchy ground fog, three cloud layers, scud, storm fronts, lightning, rain, snow, and wet runways. Special effects launch flash, smoke trails, air, ground, and water explosions, and rotorwash over dirt, sand, and water.
Lights and their illumination effects are the primary contributor to scene realism for night operations, and pC-Nova™ includes extensive capabilities for their simulation. Model lighting includes navigation lights, anti-collision lights, and covert lighting, with host-controlled intensity. Lighting effects include light lobes from landing, taxi and multiple, simultaneous searchlights (including IR searchlights), glare from ownship lights in clouds, and terrain illumination from flares. All effects may be instanced simultaneously and are correlated and appropriate in the sensor channel scenes.
pC-Nova™ uses Aechelon Technology's pC-Radiant™ plug-in module to support rendering of out-the-window and sensor scenes in a single runtime engine. This ensures full correlation across all sensors in every training scenario. Per-texel, physics-based with 32 bit floating point spectral responses, are rendered in real time for each sensor using a common material-coded, geospecific database. Accurate effects for FLIR, NVG, Day TV, and Low-Light TV and Radar are fully supported, and include automatic and manual gain control, noise, halos, bloom, and atmospherics.
Airfield modeling is supported with every known airport light system, including beacons, obstruction lights, Aldis lamp, runway and taxiway edge and centerline lighting, VASI, PAPI, REILS, RAILS, and approach lighting systems with sequenced flashing lights, all with host-controlled intensity.
Operations on air-capable ships are supported with extensive simulation of optical landing systems, including FLOLS, IFLOLS, LRLS, SGSI, GAILS, HARS bar, and HPI. Ocean effects include a three dimensional physics-based 3D sea state, whitecaps, bow and stern wakes with bioluminescence, breaking waves along shorelines, and a raster coastline definition that creates a natural, smooth boundary. Floodlight illumination is supported for both airfields and ships.
Each pC-Nova™ IG is delivered with Buyer's choice of one of Aechelon Technology's off-the-shelf geospecific databases. This enables the prime to perform early integration with the host pending the delivery of any program-specific databases, and may be delivered as the program database if the areas are compatible with requirements. pC-Nova™ has full support for the Navy NASM NPSI standard.

Aechelon Technology, pC-Nova and C-Radiant are trademarks of Aechelon Technology. Inc.