UAV

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Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAS-D Running on Wind River VxWorks Catapults from Aircraft Carrier

By Chip Downing     Today, the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned aircraft achieved a successful catapult launch from the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush carrier, the first of its kind in aviation history.  This marks a very proud day for Wind River knowing that our VxWorks real-time operating system is a key technology for this aircraft, developed as part of…

Avionics Europe 2012 Report

By Paul Parkinson I've just got back from the Avionics Europe 2012 conference and exhibition which was held in Munich. The theme of this year's conference was 'Common Sky: Operating in One Air Space' focussing on the growth in air traffic across Europe, the challenges arising for air traffic management and navigation, and the development of SESAR air traffic management…

Autonomy and Robotic Advancement

By Mike Deliman A few months ago at the Robotics Virtual Trade Show, in my presentation I spoke about the evolution of robotic systems.  One thing I predicted was as time goes on, robots will become more independent and autonomous, performing more of the work humans and mainframe-style systems have traditionally performed.   Among the robots I talked about were robots similar to NASA's Stardust…

Police Drone: Episode 2

By Paul Parkinson On Thursday last week, I read that an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) had been recently used by the UK's Merseyside Police in the tracking and arrest of two suspected car thieves (BBC News:'Merseyside police drone tracks car theft suspects'). A quick Google search revealed some additional details in the Liverpool Echo ('Merseyside police make UK's first ever…

A Decade at Wind River

By Paul Parkinson On Wednesday, it will be exactly ten years since I joined Wind River. I was thinking about this on my flight to San Francisco on Saturday, and as well as wondering how I long I've spent watching the VxWorks boot loader counting down to zero on the serial console over the years, I was also reminiscing about…