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Rhapsody && Coverage Analysis

By Paul Parkinson I've recently been working with a customer to integrate Wind River Coverage Analysis (formerly known as CoverageScope) with Telelogic Rhapsody within their development tools framework for a mission-critical system. At first glance, it might seem strange to integrate a code coverage testing tool with a UML design tool, as these aren't even adjacent phases in the software…

“Did you watch it?”

By Mike Deliman Did I watch it? I've been asked about a dozen times since Phoenix landed if I watched the landing. Coverage was available, after all, on NASA-TV (both satellite and web feeds), and the Science Channel ran Mars footage all night, including covering the NASA TV feed.  I've worked on a lot of Mars Stuff, and indeed Phoenix…

nEUROn UCAV programme

By Paul Parkinson In case you missed the news, the article 'COTS for unmanned flights' (Electronic Product Design, 22nd April 2008) describes how the nEUROn UCAV programme (Airforce Technology) has standardized on the VxWorks 653 RTOS. nEUROn is a technology demonstrator programme involving five European companies, which in itself is not unusual, but it does have a significant objective -…

Four Years: Happy Birthday MERs!

By Mike Deliman About four years ago a pair of robots, who began life as MER-A and MER-B, landed on Mars, starting a 90 day mission.  That was one of the most exciting Januaries I've ever experienced!  (It's hard to top the successful landings of two probes on another planet in 3 weeks!!) About 5 months ago a planet-wide dust…

MESSENGER… Getting into the Swing

By Mike Deliman Hello All Today MESSENGER successfully made its first swing by Mercury. Mercury is as alien a world to us as any  we really only know a large amount about our planet and our red neighbor, Mars. We probably know more about the Jovian planets than Mercury. As close as it is to the sun  it's an incredibly…

Mars Update

By Mike Deliman Though we haven't seen a lot of Mars in the news lately, for those who keep track, the past couple of months have been somewhat stressful.  A sandstorm started on Mars over a month ago.  It's still raging on, and even though the rovers are on opposite sides of the planet, the storm has affected both rovers.…

Rovers in dusty peril?

By Mike Deliman After more than 1234 days in service, after surviving the extreme cold of Martian winter, the rovers may be facing their toughest challenge:  summer dust storms. I live out in the desert, and on our planet, dust storms can raise-up at the drop of a hat, and obliterate everything.  Just a few months ago we had a…

Up from the Ashes…

By Mike Deliman July 4th 1997 NASA did something spectacular: demonstrated a bunch of new technologies and delivered a space craft to the surface of another planet.  Mars Pathfinder landed on Mars.  Not long after, NASA started working on more probes to be sent to Mars, to do some research on the the climate and the polar ice packs.  It's…

One Tin Soldier Rides Away….

By Mike Deliman Not quite a year ago, Mars was in the news.  Opportunity had made it to a new milestone - Victoria Crater.  Among the issues being discussed at the time was: will we send the rover down into this crater, from which it would likely never return.  I posted my own feelings in an entry titled Precipice. My…

Announcing: Wind River Real-Time Core 5.0

By Glenn Seiler In February 2007, Wind River announced the acquisition of FSMLabs RTCore technology along with our plans to offer the technology with Wind River Linux.  Our progress on integration and our satisfaction with the technology continues to grow, and I am happy to announce that Wind River Real-Time Core 5.0 [pdf document] for Wind River Linux 1.5 is…