L-3 MAPPS wins Pilgrim simulator upgrade contract

3 January 2012

In December, L-3 MAPPS was awarded a contract by Entergy Nuclear to upgrade the existing Pilgrim nuclear power station (PNPS) full scope simulator and to supply an additional classroom simulator. The project has already begun and the upgraded simulator is scheduled to be operational in the summer of 2012.

The Pilgrim simulator, which was originally supplied by L-3 in 1987, will be upgraded with L-3’s Orchid simulation technology. The simulator currently runs on SGI computers with the IRIX operating system. Once upgraded, the simulator’s servers and instructor station will operate on PCs running the Windows operating system and L-3 MAPPS’ Orchid simulation environment.

Multiple classroom simulators will be migrated to the new environment. An additional classroom simulator will be provided based on L-3’s Orchid Touch Interface technology. The three-bay classroom simulator uses large touch screen monitors with 1080p full HD resolution to display near life-size operable virtual control room panels.

Under the contract, Entergy Nuclear also has the option to upgrade the PNPS simulator’s reactor core model with Orchid Core Builder.

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