Space Software Ace Rapita Systems Sets up in Cambridge

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A UK software company with global clients in space, aerospace and automotive sectors, has set up a base at Cambridge Science Park.

A UK software company with global clients in space, aerospace and automotive sectors, has set up a base at Cambridge Science Park.
York-based Rapita Systems, whose clients include Airbus, the European Space Agency, BAe systems, EADS and Embraer, believes the new Cambridge operation will trigger further international growth for its technology. The business develops software tools for on-target verification, optimisation and code coverage of critical real-time embedded systems.

Rapita Verification Suite (RVS) tools can reduce the cost of measuring, optimising and verifying the timing performance and test effectiveness of critical real-time embedded systems in critical industries. Rapita has customers in most major territories. It is huge in Europe and excels in the US, Brazil, China and India.

Its technology headroom is also vast – potential applications span industries as diverse as medical, rail or nuclear. And its reach isn’t confined solely to this planet! One of its projects involves the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter exploration of the Sun.

Rapita technology is central to a large number of safety-critical processes. In aerospace, for example, it creates efficient and cost-effective tools for software developers working on high-integrity aerospace applications at civil and military manufacturers around the world.

Their need for accurate verification tools has never been higher and interest in engineering approaches and tools that can aid quick detection and analysis of potential timing problems during development is on the increase.

Rapita solutions counter the threat of breakdowns that can be traced back to bugs in automotive electronic systems, helping to eliminate costly production delays and untold damage to brand and reputation.

As a consequence, interest in engineering approaches and tools that can detect potential timing problems during development and conduct effective code coverage measurement has increased.

Rapita Systems has also developed RVS Auto for software developers working on high-integrity automotive applications. RVS Auto increases the efficiency of testing processes, aids identification of performance bottlenecks, and is designed for the typical resource constrained embedded environment, the company says.

In the Space sector, requirements for faster performance, greater software compatibility and reduced cost have driven the development of microprocessors for space projects since the 1990s. Rapita has world-leading clients in the segment.

Besides Solar Orbiter, the company was involved in the COLA programme, which studied cache effects and its implications in space applications using the LEON2 processor for the European-led ExoMars (Exobiology on Mars) robotic mission programme.

Rapita has started the new Cambridge operation with a small staff but aims to ramp up headcount in fairly short order. A spokesman said that Cambridge’s technology cluster was fertile territory for recruiting prime talent.

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