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#1YearOnMars

By Mike Deliman Today NASA is hosting a telecast program commemorating Curiosity’s first anniversary on Mars.  I’m watching this right now, One Year On Mars. One year ago we achieved something incredible.  We landed a one metric ton “gizmo” on the surface of another planet.  We returned to Mars, this time with the most complex vehicle ever sent to another…

The Advent of Multi-core MILS

By Paul Parkinson It has been a rather long time since my previous blog post. I intended to post a blog before the holidays regarding our partner Curtiss-Wright's announcement about VxWorks MILS support on the VPX6-187, but I simply ran out of time! So here it is as my first blog post of 2013. The Curtiss-Wright new release was actually quite a game changer. To…

MSL: How Big Is It?

By Mike Deliman I’ve been asked here and there “Just how big is this MSL thing?” It’s a question I can give several answers to, depending on what the asker means.  In physical terms, you could ride on it.  Here is a good example…in this photo of a worker and MSL, you can see the cruise shell is large enough to…

All Your Mars are Belong to US!

By Mike Deliman It's time to celebrate. We have returned to Mars with the most complex roving robotic laboratory ever sent to another planet. We have demonstrated and proved the Sky Crane concept, which opens doors onto other worlds that we have never had before. We can successfully deliver 1 metric ton to the surface of Mars.This is an achievement…

Complexity

By Mike Deliman This afternoon I watched the press conferences for Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” that were hosted by NASA/JPL from Pasadena, Ca.  These conferences were broadcast over NASA-TV, both on the cable/satellite channels and over the web.  If you haven’t seen the Seven Minutes Video I encourage you to watch it. Various scientists, directors and managers of the project…

Seven Minutes

By Mike Deliman This week, NASA hosted the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientists in charge of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, for a pre-landing press conference.  The landing sequences, called “ED&L” – Entry, Descent, and Landing – are the most action packed and critical operations other than the initial launch.  Pete Theisinger has described the EDL sequence as “7…

The New FACE of Avionics

By Chip Downing Earlier this year, Wind River announced its support of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) technical standard, which hopes to resolve two fundamental problems with military procurements. First, current aviation systems are typically developed for a unique set of requirements by a single vendor for a single aircraft, resulting in limited portability of software components, increased costs,…

What is the Real Impact of DO-178C and ED-12C?

By Joe Wlad DO-178C and ED-12C are now released.  What does this mean for Wind River and its customers? Now that RCTA DO-178 and its European equivalent, EUROCAE ED-12, have been updated after nearly twenty years, many are wondering, what is the impact to Wind River and our customers?  We’ve provided our customers with products and services based on DO-178B…

Avionics Europe 2012 Report

By Paul Parkinson I've just got back from the Avionics Europe 2012 conference and exhibition which was held in Munich. The theme of this year's conference was 'Common Sky: Operating in One Air Space' focussing on the growth in air traffic across Europe, the challenges arising for air traffic management and navigation, and the development of SESAR air traffic management…