Generic Host-independent Operating SysTem (GHOST)

ghost.jpg (11468 bytes)Problem: American Computational Technical Services, Inc., foresaw a need to develop a software package for commercial purposes that would be a Generic Host-independent Operating System, nicknamed GHOST, using the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (AFRL/IF) facilities.

Solution: In creating the GHOST software, ACTS, Inc. converted the Air Force Ada Avionics Real-Time Software from its current use as the Integrated Test Bed embedded Operation Flight Program operating system into a general-purpose, commercial off the shelf avionics software development environment. GHOST will run on a variety of platforms including embedded flight processors, workstations, and personal computers. This permits engineers to develop software in a familiar environment, and virtually eliminates the need to debug algorithms in more restrictive environments. GHOST eases interaction between dissimilar processors and enhances software reuse thereby reducing the life-cycle cost of software maintenance.


  • GHOST has dual-use potential as a generic avionics operating system for both military and commercial aircraft, as well as related test bed and simulation facilities.
  • ACTS will benefit by having a new generic operating system software product for the commercial marketplace.
  • AFRL will benefit by having access to the same software for Air Force and other DoD agency use.

Current Status:

  • This Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) was completed in December 1997.
  • All objectives were achieved.

If you have any questions about this Cooperative Research and Development Agreement or are interested in getting more information about technology transfer and CRADA projects, please contact Jim Singer at Wright Technology Network (937) 253-0217 or CRADA@wtn.org

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