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X-47B Autonomous Aerial Refueling Success!

X-47B Autonomous Aerial Refueling Success!

By Linda Pirrotta This week the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned aircraft achieved a successful demonstration of the fully autonomous aerial refueling (AAR).  This is the first time in history that an unmanned aircraft has refueled in-flight.  AAR could help extend the operating range and flight duration of future carrier-based unmanned systems. Watch the video of the refueling here.     This is…

To the Moon! And Mars, and Asteroids, and Stars…

By Mike Deliman About 20 years ago the VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) hitched its first ride into space on a NASA probe, as part of one of the avionics packages – a star scanner – that was used to help keep Clementine on course. Since then VxWorks has been in many space-bound projects, returning to the Moon, beyond to Mars,…

Insider’s View: Simics client pays it forward after saving months and millions

By Jeff Gowan Recently, we had a client come to us and ask us to review a slide deck they were preparing. One team who had already had great success with Wind River Simics was planning to use this deck as part of their pitch to help another team also benefit from using Simics. What we saw in that deck…
NFV on Mars?!

NFV on Mars?!

By Ron Breault What does Wind River’s network functions virtualization (NFV) platform, the Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server have in common with NASA’s Mars Rover and Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner? If you guessed “two occurrences of letter R,” you get a point for being quick off the mark, but there’s more…a whole lot more to it than that! The full…
Cleared for Take-off: A Real Life Example

Cleared for Take-off: A Real Life Example

By Jeff Gowan Certification is an important, although often costly, part of getting new equipment to market. The certification process itself can be arduous but one also has to consider the amount of time and resources spent to adequately prepare for the certification. Simulation is a way to dramatically reduce the cost of preparing for certification, while at the same time increasing the likelihood of certifying. For…
U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman & X-47B Team Receive Aviation’s Highest Honor

U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman & X-47B Team Receive Aviation’s Highest Honor

By Linda Pirrotta Congratulations to the U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman, and the X-47B Industry Team for winning the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy. The 2013 Collier Trophy was formally presented on May 29th to the U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman, and the X-47B Industry Team at the annual Robert J. Collier Trophy Dinner in Arlington.  The Robert J. Collier Trophy is…
AgustaWestland Project Zero – Winner of 2014 Grover Bell Award

AgustaWestland Project Zero – Winner of 2014 Grover Bell Award

By Linda Pirrotta Congratulations to the AgustaWestland Project Zero Team on receiving the coveted 2014 Grover Bell Award from The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International, which is the world’s oldest and largest technical society dedicated to enhancing the understanding of vertical flight technology. Here’s excerpt from the recent announcement: The Grover E. Bell Award is given to the individual or…

Exploring NASA GO-SIM & Simics at Space Tech Expo

By Jeff Gowan How did a NASA program to successfully meet its goals to develop a complete simulator in a reduced timeframe and at a lower cost? Team up with Wind River! This was a topic explored at the recent Space Tech Expo. Wind River’s Chad Margolin, Director of World Wide Field Application Engineers for Simics, presented "Simulation Based Software…
AgustaWestland Helicopter Touch Screen Display

AgustaWestland Helicopter Touch Screen Display

By Paul Parkinson In my previous blog post I discussed the paper “Development and certification of a safety-critical touch screen avionics display using open standards” which I had recently co-presented with one of our customers, AgustaWestland, at the Safety-critical Systems Symposium in the UK. AgustaWestland has now also kindly allowed Wind River to publish a customer case study about this…