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Cynthia Fitzgerald using an Aero Coffin system in the Nemo Project.

COnnection For Flight INterface, commonly abbreviated and referred to as COFFIN, is a control system where a human is linked to a vehicle through neural connections, typically ENSI or ONSI.



The COFFIN system was developed by Gründer Industries after the Belkan War as a means to enhance pilot awareness in aerial engagements. The original system was developed and applied on the ADF-01F FALKEN in the 2000s, but was never deployed in actual combat. Between 2008 and 2010, the technology was supplied by the company to Yuktobania so they could develop ADF-01s on their own.[1]

After the Circum-Pacific War, the hardware suffered widespread proliferation through the global aviation industry after the Osean Federation government's takeover of Gründer. Various experimental next-generation planes such as the XR-45 Cariburn and the YR-302 Fregata were developed in the 2010s by a number of corporations, and many of them were deployed in 2020 during the Aurelian War.[2]

Nemo Project

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The cockpit of the X-49 Night Raven

In the universe of Simon Cohen's Nemo Project simulation, COFFIN was the standard control system used by aircraft of the 2040s. Named "Aero Coffin" on account of the enclosed canopy, it operated using electrode sensors to establish a neural connection between aircraft and pilot.[3]

Aero Coffins operated using the Electro-Neuron-Synapse-Interface (ENSI) system, which established a neural connection between an aircraft and its pilot. A further upgrade, the Opto-Neuro-Synapse-Interface (ONSI), used the pilot's brain as the main COFFIN processor unit. The latter required special implants on the cervical vertebrae, and the increased brain activity could lead to fatal brain damage.[3]


In the Infinity universe, the COFFIN system was developed in the early 21st century after the Ulysses Disaster. Based on neuromuscular connections, the system contained a hexagonal graphical interface, allowing the user to view an internal data library or configure operational parameters. As well, it could monitor solar wind and temperature conditions, and contained a life support system.

Unlike the original technology from the Strangereal universe, COFFIN was used as an experimental system to remotely control aircraft from anywhere in the world. A prominent user was Camilla, who used it to operate modified CFA-44 Nosferatus known as "QFA-44 Carmilla" during the 2019-2020 USEA Federation rebellion.[4]



The model pioneered by Gründer Industries. The system consists of a cockpit covered with a completely sealed steel canopy, separating the pilot from the exterior. Vision is achieved through a series of CCTV cameras installed on the outer canopy that relay information to the user in real-time, projecting them in a honeycomb patterned screen. COFFIN replaces the conventional HOTAS (throttle and stick) system with biological and neural sensors that monitor the pilot's vital signs, as well as voice recognition systems.[1]

Combat systems associated to COFFIN were developed in 2020 to improve the performance of aircraft using second-generation systems, ranging from offensive hardware such as the Argus missile tracking program to autopilot technology for preventing flight accidents. Second-generation hardware have the ability of limiting the effects of spatial disorientation, further increasing a pilot's capabilities.[2]

Aero Coffin

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Cynthia Fitzgerald using an Aero Coffin interface.

The Aero Coffin system devised by Simon Cohen adopts most of the principles employed in Gründer's developments, including control through biosensors. As with the Belkan system, the neural connection established with ENSI allows the pilot to control an aircraft with mental commands, a method referred to as "Fly-by-opto".[3]

It was theorized that an ENSI connection linked to the Inter-Satellite-Network could be used by a pilot to control a vehicle from anywhere in the world, using a "Tele-Existence" system. However, the associated risks of potential nerve damage, input response lag and hacking vulnerability made such operations unfeasible.[3]

Supported aircraft



  • The basic operating principles of the COFFIN system, particularly its camera-based nature and mental control system bear a resemblance to the technology used by the MiG-31 Firefox, the eponymous fictional Soviet interceptor of the 1977 novel Firefox and its 1982 film adaptation.
  • The COFFIN system appears in the canon of the United Galaxy Space Force series. According to official media, it was developed by General Resource and Neucom from ENSI into the "N.B.B." (Navigate-By-Biosignal) system, which adopts electroencephalography technology and a connection with extrasensory information.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Aces At War: A History
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere
  4. Ace Combat Infinity

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