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Better Together – A Community for Safety Certification on Multi-Core Processors

Better Together – A Community for Safety Certification on Multi-Core Processors

By Tim Skutt Last week, I participated in one of a series of collaborative workshops on Multi-Core Processor (MCP) Certification at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hosted by the US Army. Wait, was that a typo? No.  The US Army Combat Capability Development Command (CCDC) Aviation & Missile Center was indeed the host for a workshop at a US Air Force…
Wind River Showcases FACE™ Demonstration for Multi-core Safety-Critical Applications

Wind River Showcases FACE™ Demonstration for Multi-core Safety-Critical Applications

By Tom Mullen Wind River’s commitment to meeting the affordability, innovation, and safety-critical needs of the avionics community was on display this week at the Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium Face-to-Face (F2F) meeting in St. Pete Beach, FL.  Wind River and Bell collaborated to demonstrate the benefits of combining the separation principles of an ARINC 653 Integrated…
The First Image of a Black Hole

The First Image of a Black Hole

By Andreea Volosincu This week, the world had a first view of the ground-breaking discoveries brought forth by Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) – an international scientific collaboration aiming to create a virtual Earth-sized telescope. The images of the event horizon of a black hole were constructed from data gathered by observatories all over the globe. Since 2017, telescopes from Antarctica,…
Avionics Expo 2019 Update: Open architectures and multi-core certification

Avionics Expo 2019 Update: Open architectures and multi-core certification

By Paul Parkinson Wind River recently participated in the Avionics Expo 2019 conference and tradeshow (now branded as Aerospace Tech Week) in Munich Germany. This year’s conference was attended by a record number of delegates, which was apparent from the standing room only opening keynote presentation. It was a big event for Wind River and Collins Aerospace as we had the…
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…