APEX Working Group of the AEEC: The Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) is an international body of airline representatives that leads the development of technical standards for airborne electronic equipment used in commercial, military, and business aviation. The organization's APEX Working Group is focused on updating ARINC Specification 653, Application Software Standard Interface, for traditional avionics and integrated modular avionics (IMA).

Eclipse Foundation: Eclipse is an open platform for tool integration built by an open community of tool providers. Operating under an open source paradigm with a common public license that provides royalty-free source code and worldwide redistribution rights, the Eclipse platform enables tool developers to have ultimate flexibility and control over their software technology.

Object Management Group: The Object Management Group is a nonprofit, open membership consortium that produces and maintains computer industry specifications for interoperable enterprise applications.

The Linux Foundation: The Linux Foundation, formerly known as the Open Source Developers Lab (OSDL), is home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux in the enterprise. Founded in 2000 and supported by a global consortium of IT industry leaders, the Linux Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides state-of the-art computing and test facilities in the United States and Japan for developers around the world. The Linux Foundation’s founding members include IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel®, and NEC.

RTCA Inc.: RTCA Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation that develops consensus-based recommendations regarding communications, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) system issues. RTCA functions as a Federal Advisory Committee. Its recommendations are used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the basis for policy, program, and regulatory decisions, and by the private sector as the basis for development, investment, and other business decisions.

The Open Group: The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium, whose vision of Boundaryless Information Flow will enable access to integrated information within and among enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. The Real-Time and Embedded Systems Forum defines, coordinates, integrates, and prioritizes real-time and embedded systems standards utilizing various existing architectural approaches. The forum also defines test suites and certification programs for products adhering to these standards to enable the proliferation of conformant real-time and embedded systems, including POSIX profiles, Linux for embedded systems, and safety and mission-critical real-time Java.

FACE™ Consortium: The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium is an aviation-focused professional group made up of U.S. industry suppliers, customers, and users. The Consortium is creating a technologically appropriate open FACE reference architecture, standards, and business model.

UVS International: Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of unmanned vehicle systems. UVS maintains a public site, UCARE, that offers an extensive collection of regulations and official documents, position and opinion papers, and international conference presentations pertaining to UAV-related airworthiness, certification, and air traffic management.

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Control Segment (UCS) Architecture Working Group (UCSWG): Sponsored by the Unmanned Warfare Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the UCSWG will provide increased UAS command and control capability to the warfighter at lower cost by using an open system architecture approach across the UAS enterprise. The UCSWG is an open technical standards committee consisting of industry and government representatives from each UAS program of record, several emerging UAS programs, and small businesses. The objective of the UCSWG effort is to define a common UAS control station architecture based on standard data models and service interface definitions to enable interoperability, scalability, and adaptability of UAS ground stations.

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