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From Sputnik to SmallSats: Three Factors that Have Changed the Satellite Industry Forever

From Sputnik to SmallSats: Three Factors that Have Changed the Satellite Industry Forever

By Wind River Intern Ranjan Sikand Multi-national corporations and startups alike have begun to tackle the emerging sector of commercial spacecraft. Known as “new space,” it is the sector where companies are introducing new designs that propel them to the forefront of technological advancement, in areas such as 5G networking and imaging. As the new space race heats up, Wind…
Get the Insider’s View on Satellite Technology Today

Get the Insider’s View on Satellite Technology Today

By Andreea Volusincu The first U.S. Weather Satellite weighed 270 pounds. That made most people associate the word “satellite” with either a moon, a sputnik, or a modern rig with rocket motors, solar panels, and antennae. Is that still the case? Sixty years later, satellites are more common, that provide internet access to billions, secure telecommunications, GPS information, and strategic…
Space as the final frontier? Simulate for safety!

Space as the final frontier? Simulate for safety!

By Michel Genard Mythology tells the tale of Icarus burning his wings while flying too close to the sun. In the 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci sketched a flight machine, and flight became a reality in the 20th century. We have always looked up into the sky for new frontiers. The US government alone plans to invest $20 billion by 2027…

Why Virtualization Holds the Key to Application Portability

By Andreea Volosincu This week, at the Paris Air Show, new information was released on the cooperation between France and Germany for the next phase of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS). At previous announcements on the concepts, the program does not cover just a single aircraft, instead, it is a System-of-Systems that combines future fighter aircraft with unmanned systems (or…
VxWorks: A Long Love Story with Multi-core

VxWorks: A Long Love Story with Multi-core

By Michel Chabroux While it may seem mundane today to talk about multi-core, it used to be a big deal. Back in the day, all CPUs came with a single core (Zylog Z80, Motorola 68K, PowerPC 8xx, 386, etc.).  The one thing that CPU manufacturers did to provide more horse power was increase the frequency.  Eventually, the laws of physics…
Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Wind River with Technology Leadership Award for Avionics Software Platform

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Wind River with Technology Leadership Award for Avionics Software Platform

By Michel Genard Frost & Sullivan annually presents the Technology Leadership Award to the company that demonstrates uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies that deliver significant customer value. Wind River is proud to be recognized this year in the avionics software platform category for VxWorks® 653, which has more than 350 customers across more than 600 programs, involving more than…
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…
Wind River Helps Collins Aerospace Future-proof Avionics Systems

Wind River Helps Collins Aerospace Future-proof Avionics Systems

By Andreea Volosincu Future airspace will be filled with drones, commercial aircraft, helicopters, and more. Several prototypes are currently targeting urban air mobility solutions such as air taxis, or revolutionary aircraft models, such as next-generation commercial supersonic aircraft. Add to this autonomous swarm technologies, such as manned-unmanned teaming, and systems for future vertical lift and it’s clear that the technology…
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,…