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River®, a world leader in
embedded and mobile software, congratulates NASA Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL) on the successful landing of the Mars Science
Laboratory rover Curiosity, powered by Wind River technology. Curiosity,
which landed on Mars at approximately 10:31 p.m. PDT, August 5, 2012, is
the most complex robotic interplanetary probe ever designed. It is
running on Wind River's industry-leading real-time operating system
Curiosity will investigate whether Mars has ever offered environmental
conditions favorable for microbial life, and assess Mars’ habitability
for future human exploration. VxWorks plays a central role in this
historic operation by providing the core operating system for the
spacecraft control system—from the second the rocket left Earth on
November 26, 2011, until completion of the mission.
Curiosity relied on VxWorks for the complex landing sequence called EDL
(entry, descent and landing), which is being described as “seven minutes
of terror” due to the absolute precision required for the spacecraft to
survive the landing. While on Mars, Curiosity will depend on VxWorks to
perform mission-critical tasks, such as ground operations control, data
collection, and Mars-to-Earth communication relay.
Wind River has an extensive heritage of achievements in space working
with NASA JPL, dating back to 1994, when VxWorks launched into space on
the Clementine Moon probe. This was followed by the Mars Pathfinder
Mission, which made VxWorks the first commercial operating system to go
to Mars. Wind River technology also operates within the Mars Exploration
Rovers and Stardust spacecraft, among others.
"Wind River congratulates NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the
successful landing of Curiosity on Mars, a groundbreaking milestone for
space exploration worldwide,” said Ken Klein, president, Wind River.
“For more than two decades, Wind River’s reliable and secure software
has served as a key foundational technology for aerospace organizations
globally, and we are extremely proud to continue our legacy as a
technology provider for NASA JPL’s space programs.”
Since its inception in 1981, Wind River has been a trusted advisor in
the development of aerospace and defense products. The company's
technology has successfully enabled countless products in the reaches of
our universe, including CIRA’s FTB-1 reusable unmanned spacecraft,
Iridium Communications’ in-orbit satellite constellation, and the
European Space Agency's PROBA satellite, among others.
To learn more about Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity, visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html.
For additional information on the role of Wind River technology in
Curiosity, including a case study and video, visit www.windriver.com/announces/curiosity/.
To learn more about Wind River’s aerospace solutions, visit www.windriver.com/solutions/aerospace-defense/.
About Wind River
Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:
INTC), is a world leader in embedded and mobile software. Wind River has
been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its
technology is found in more than 1 billion products. Wind River is
headquartered in Alameda, Calif., with offices in more than 20
countries. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com
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