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Certification of Safety-Critical Software Under DO-178C and DO-278AThe RTCA has recently released DO-178C and DO-278A as new certification guidance for the production of airborne and ground-based air traffic management software, respectively. Additionally, RTCA special committee SC-205 has also produced, at the same time, five other companion documents. These documents are RTCA DO-248C, DO-330, DO-331, DO- 332, and DO-333. These supplements address frequently asked questions about software certification, provide guidance on tool qualification requirements, and illustrate the modifications recommended to DO-178C when using model-based software design, object oriented programming, and formal methods. The objective of this paper is to first explain the relationship of DO-178C to the former DO-178B in order to give those familiar with DO- 178B an indication of what has been changed and what has not been changed. With this background, the relationship of DO-178C and DO-278 to the new DO-278A document for ground-based software development is shown. Last, an overview of the new guidance contained in the tool qualification document and the three new supplements to DO-178C and DO-278A is presented. For those unfamiliar with DO-178B, this paper serves to provide an entry point to this new certification guidance for airborne and ground-based CNS/ATM software certification.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Jacklin, Stephen A.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 26, 2013
Publication Date
June 19, 2012
Subject Category
Computer Programming And Software
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: Infotech@aerospace Conference
Location: Garden Grove, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: June 19, 2012
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 534723.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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