Dec 08, 2010 Aerospace & Defense

VxWorks helping commercial spaceflight become a reality

By Bill Graham

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The successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (I should really say "launch vehicle") today was

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another great step for commercial spaceflight. The Falcon 9 has already successfully reached orbit in June 2010, but at that time it didn't have a payload. This latest launch is the first to carry SpaceX Dragon capsule which was successfully recovered after the flight.

SpaceX  launch vehicles are the epitome of  Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) solutions. By successfully building, testing and launching commercial spaceflight vehicles they are demonstrating that COTS solutions are not only cheaper to produce but can be equally successful and achieve desired program goals.

To explore more of Wind River's work on space missions, visit www.windriver.com/inspace/.

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