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Swarm Technology – Pushing the Barriers of Autonomous Systems

Swarm Technology – Pushing the Barriers of Autonomous Systems

By Andreea Volosincu These are not just any ordinary unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). They fly together. Better still, they swarm together, for any Star Trek fans out there. They can also team up with a manned aircraft and act like a force multiplier. This kind of unmanned aircraft can bring significant improvements to almost every area of national and homeland…
SSS’19 Update: AI/ML, autonomy and multi-core safety certification

SSS’19 Update: AI/ML, autonomy and multi-core safety certification

By Paul Parkinson Wind River recently participated in the Safety-critical Systems Symposium (SSS’19) held in Bristol, UK. This year’s conference achieved a record-level number of delegates, including academics and industry professionals involved in system safety. One of the main tracks in this year’s programme was on Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, which contained a number of talks which generally advocated one of…
Opportunity: A Story for the Science Books and a Legacy of Success

Opportunity: A Story for the Science Books and a Legacy of Success

By Andreea Volusincu See how far they’ve made it, what they discovered and what’s coming next. This blog post kicks off a space and astronomy series that follows Wind River missions and technologies that are shaping the views of modern science today. This month follow the remarkable mission given to Opportunity, the last one of the rover twins. The Roving…

The Future of AI/ML in Avionics

By Paul Parkinson Wind River recently published a short video on our collaboration with Collins Aerospace, in which Jim Douglas (CEO and President, Wind River) and Tim McCormick (Director, Airborne Products and Systems, Collins Aerospace) share some insights into the impact of rapidly changing technologies in the avionics industry. This includes an insightful discussion on “The Next Big Wave”- using artificial intelligence (AI)…
OSIRIS- REx: Interplanetary TAG with VxWorks

OSIRIS- REx: Interplanetary TAG with VxWorks

By Tim Skutt Following on the recent success of the InSight probe’s Mars landing, VxWorks  is once again enabling an interplanetary first – an asteroid sample return mission.  On December 3, 2018, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. After surveying the asteroid for approximately 18-months, the spacecraft will perform one of the best prepared tags in history. Lockheed…
Wind River VxWorks Lands on Mars (Again) with NASA’s Insight Spacecraft

Wind River VxWorks Lands on Mars (Again) with NASA’s Insight Spacecraft

By Andreea Volosincu Wind River is proud to announce that today NASA's InSight Mars Lander, with the help of its VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS), reached a historical milestone in its journey to Mars; InSight made its 12,300mph descent to the red planet with a successful landing. With the Insight lander’s avionics system based on VxWorks, this NASA mission brings the…
Wind River Simics Recognized with Top Innovation Award

Wind River Simics Recognized with Top Innovation Award

By Andreea Volosincu Wind River has been selected for the third time in a row as a platinum honoree by Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine. This year, the technology innovation award goes to Wind River Simics, a full system simulator that solves significant DevOps challenges in today’s manufacturing processes. Wind River won this distinction in previous years as well, with…
Diving Deeper into Multi-core Certification Activities

Diving Deeper into Multi-core Certification Activities

By Paul Parkinson In the recent Wind River and Rockwell Collins joint webinar “Plan with Confidence: Route to a Successful DO-178C Multi-Core Certification”, we discussed a number of topics related to the planning, design, testing and analysis for RTCA DO-178C / EUROCAE ED-12C DAL A safety certification of avionics software systems running on multiple cores on multi-core processors. If you…
Reliable, Safe and Secure? Ada and VxWorks Can Help!

Reliable, Safe and Secure? Ada and VxWorks Can Help!

By guest contributor Ben Brosgol, Senior Technical Staff, AdaCore Writing reliable, safe and secure software is tough. Doing it for for hard real-time systems with demanding certification requirements -- such as DO-178B or DO-178C for avionics -- is tougher and indeed is one of the most daunting challenges that a developer has to face. Meeting this challenge calls for experience-hardened…
OpenCV on VxWorks enables intelligence at the edge

OpenCV on VxWorks enables intelligence at the edge

By Ka Kay Achacoso When a wind turbine collects sensor data about its surrounding environment, or an off-shore oil rig logs its readings into its records, the data can be analyzed for decision-making factors: Are the sudden changes in engine noise an indication of wear?  Are there any flying objects headed towards danger zones? Are the engine settings optimal for…