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Wind River VxWorks MILS is Launched!

By Alex WilsonToday we launched our VxWorks MILS 2.0 product, details can be found on our web on the VxWorks MILS Page. VxWorks MILS 2.0 previously went into evaluation at NIAP at Common Criteria EAL 6+ and has been discussed by Paul Parkinson on his blog. I was interested in this release as the product addresses a lot of the…

Tolerating Delays

By Mike DelimanThis may sound a bit funny, but in the space industry, we're constantly playing catch-up.  We're either looking at or for things that happened millions or hundreds of millions of years ago, sending rockets off to get to where something will have been just in time to take a picture of or bore a hole into it, or…

Airbus A330 MRTT refueling progress

By Paul ParkinsonI was pleased to read in today's news (Aerospace Testing International) that the Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has completed more flight testing milestones, including extended testing of its refueling systems. The A330 MRTT is an interesting design, as it has a centreline refueling boom and two underwing refueling pods, and although these perform similar functions, the…

The Software Managers’ Blind Spot….

By Paul HendersonI’m amazed at the consistency of input I’m getting from device software execs around the world about their lack of visibility into their testing process. Everybody is spending huge amounts of time and money (30-50% of their projects) on testing, but I haven’t found anyone yet that is comfortable with the result. I hear statements like this consistently:…

Creating the Next Generation of Technology Leaders

By Warren KurisuFIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) just kicked off the 2009 FIRST Robotics Championship in Atlanta Georgia.  If you aren’t aware of what the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is, check out this cool video.  I first became aware of FRC when I was visiting a key customer and partner, National Instruments, who asked me if…

Security Breach?

By Mike DelimanDiebold Admits Systemic Audit Log FailureSACRAMENTO, California - Premier Election Solutions (formerly Diebold Election Systems) admitted in a state hearing Tuesday that the audit logs produced by its tabulation software miss significant events, including the act of someone deleting votes on election day. The company acknowledged that the problem exists with every version of its tabulation software.=======I'll leave…

South African A&D Seminars

By Paul ParkinsonTomorrow, I will be traveling to South Africa to present at the Wind River Aerospace & Defence Seminars which will be held in Pretoria and Cape Town next week.I'm really looking forward to the events, as we will be covering some interesting topics including the latest trends in Aerospace & Defence, including Safety and Security. This will also…

Security and cyber warfare

By Paul Parkinson One of the Christmas presents I received was the book The Edge of Madness by Michael Dobbs. It's a novel about cyber warfare and is set in the present day. Despite mixed reviews of the book in the media (Daily Telegraph, Guardian), I found it to be a gripping read, and finished it over two evenings. The…

Five Years – an engineer’s perspective looking back

By Mike DelimanBack in 1994, a few of us at WRS had the pleasure of working with JPL on a mission based on a radical new concept:  using Commercial Off-The-Shell  (COTS) products to build a planetary probe.  In the past, all such deep space probes (etc) had been designed and built just for the mission at hand, each new mission…

Military case study: VxWorks powers Thales’ Astute-Class submarine periscope

By Paul Parkinson The Astute nuclear-powered submarine is designed to patrol the world's oceans without being detected by surface ships and other submarines. The Astute deploys a number of technologies to reduce its sonar signature, to minimize the probability of detection while submerged. However, submarines are most vulnerable to detection when the submarine commander uses a periscope to assess the…