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AUVSI 2015: Why it was Such a Success

AUVSI 2015: Why it was Such a Success

By Chip Downing Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2015 was one of the most interesting trade shows I have visited in many years.  My yardstick for great AUVSI shows is the Washington, DC event in August 2009 – the Washington Convention Center was brisling with the latest unmanned systems for the US military and intelligence community, and the…
DroneComm: Connecting the dots between next-generation IP network drones and IoT

DroneComm: Connecting the dots between next-generation IP network drones and IoT

By Victor Abelairas This week, Wind River had the opportunity to be the Super Platinum sponsor of DroneComm 2015, a conference that is “all about connecting the dots between next-generation IP network drones and IoT.”  I participated in a panel discussion focused on early applications for commercial drones. I’ll share with you a few of the questions posed to the…
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…
The Trinity of Simulation: the Computer, the System, and the World

The Trinity of Simulation: the Computer, the System, and the World

By Jakob Engblom Simics is a great product for simulating computer systems that contain processors and execute code. However, as we all know, just a computer is rarely the entirety of a real system. Most systems also involve a physical system that the computer controls, such as a plane, satellite, rocket, IoT sensor node, or control box, as well as an…
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Safety

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Safety

By Stephen Olsen UAVs are prevalent and increasing in numbers UAVs will cause an accident that results in lost lives UAV’s need safety certified software Maybe you received an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone for Christmas.  The first flight was most likely in your yard taking aerial video of your home, only to go inside and share it on…
Multi-core for Space?

Multi-core for Space?

By Alex Wilson For over 20 years, Wind River has provided a proven software platform to bring dozens of unmanned systems to space, resulting in some of the most significant space missions in history. (See Celebrating 20 Years in Space). Since the initial missions, VxWorks has grown and evolved, and now offers solutions for virtualization, multi-core, multi-blade, and distributed systems…
Five Reasons Why the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) is Succeeding as a Global Military Standard

Five Reasons Why the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) is Succeeding as a Global Military Standard

By Chip Downing 1. The FACE Technical Standard is a standard of standards.  The FACE Consortium has integrated the best practices of high performance standards-based solutions.   The FACE Technical Standard, a standard of The Open Group, builds upon and integrates proven standards like ARINC 653, ARINC 661, ARINC 664, ARINC 729, OpenGL, and POSIX to enable the widest range of…
Multi-core is Ready for Takeoff

Multi-core is Ready for Takeoff

By Joe Wlad Over the past two years, there has been an upswing in adoption of multi-core silicon for safety-critical applications. Previously, customers were reticent about predicating new safety designs on multi-core silicon, but in the past year we’ve seen two changes that have compelled designers to reconsider their positions. First, both EASA and the FAA have released guidance related…
FACE™ is Ready for Takeoff

FACE™ is Ready for Takeoff

By Chip Downing With the release of the Technical Standard for Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™), Edition 2.1, a standard of The Open Group, the FACE standardization momentum is gaining traction and now moving into “production” mode; ready for business and laying the foundation for next-generation avionics deployments. The FACE Technical Standard is a standard of standards, leveraging over 100…
Congratulations to ESA Rosetta team on successful comet landing!

Congratulations to ESA Rosetta team on successful comet landing!

By Paul Parkinson Congratulations to the ESA Rosetta team on a successful landing of Rosetta’s lander Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko after an incredible 10 year+ journey through space! I first learned about the Rosetta mission during my early years at Wind River, long before the launch on 2nd March 2004, as Wind River had acquired the Virtuoso™ RTOS for digital…