Aerospace & Defense

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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…
From System Design to Certification: Wind River Helps Rockwell Collins Reduce the Risk of Multi-core Certification

From System Design to Certification: Wind River Helps Rockwell Collins Reduce the Risk of Multi-core Certification

By Paul Parkinson RTCA DO-178C / EUROCAE ED-12C safety certification is a crucial step for safety-critical avionics software programs, but for many program managers and software leads it still poses significant risk, especially when using multi-core processors. This risk is mainly due to the fact that certification authorities have not yet issued formal guidance or policy on multi-core certification. Although…
Wind River’s Connected Vehicle Solutions and Professional Services Achieve CMMI® Level 3 Rating

Wind River’s Connected Vehicle Solutions and Professional Services Achieve CMMI® Level 3 Rating

By Amit Ronen Wind River is proud to announce that the CMMI® Institute has appraised our Connective Vehicle Solutions and Professional Services at a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® Level 3, underscoring our dedication to continuous improvement and producing quality solutions and services that make a difference. CMMI is a globally-recognized set of best practices that enable organizations to improve…
Wind River and Rockwell Collins Bring Open Architectures from Planning to Production

Wind River and Rockwell Collins Bring Open Architectures from Planning to Production

By Chip Downing Although many military aircraft suppliers, armed services, and government organizations have been promoting Open Architecture (OA) and Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) for years, it has been somewhat difficult to find really good implementations of open architectures in shipping, fielded products.   Many companies simply tend to create and update purpose-built platforms that are the legacy of almost…
Introducing VxWorks 653 on Arm Architecture

Introducing VxWorks 653 on Arm Architecture

By Stephen Olsen Whether building a new aircraft or designing new capabilities into industrial and medical control systems, choosing the right system software and hardware architectures is crucial for the success of the program. The aerospace and defense industry and the embedded community continue to shift towards adopting the latest hardware to solve challenging performance problems that address a variety…