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A story for the science books and a legacy of success

A story for the science books and a legacy of success
This blog post kicks off a space and astronomy series that follows Wind River missions and technologies that are shaping the views of modern science today. This month follow the remarkable mission given to Opportunity, the last one of the rover twins. Guest blog written by Andreea Volusincu, Wind River.
18th February 2019

Flexible cables head into outer space

Flexible cables head into outer space
Custom-designed, flexible cables from Intelliconnect (Europe) have been successfully launched into space as part of VESTA-1, a 3U nanosatellite technology demonstration mission. VESTA-1 was manufactured for Honeywell under funding from the UK Space Agency.  
15th January 2019

The time u-blox took a trip to space

The time u-blox took a trip to space
For a few seconds, everyone at the SwissTech Convention Center (EPFL) held their breath as the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket of Spaceflight SSO‑A: SmallSat Express mission took off towards low Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC‑4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA. The rocket’s payload included a CubeSat nanosatellite designed by Astrocast, a prototype to test the 64‑satellite constellation the Swiss company intends to seed into orbit to provide a global communication satellite network for remote IoT and M2M applications.
4th January 2019


The final frontier for the IoT

The final frontier for the IoT
From hospitals, cars and offices to fitness trackers, smart homes and connected factories, there’s really no limit to the number of industries or applications that the Internet of Things can reach. Anything, anywhere, has the potential to be connected to the IoT through smart devices like wearables. Anywhere…even off the planet.
20th December 2018

OSIRIS- REx: Interplanetary TAG with VxWorks

OSIRIS- REx: Interplanetary TAG with VxWorks
Following on the recent success of the InSight probe’s Mars landing, VxWorks  is once again enabling an interplanetary first – an asteroid sample return mission. On 3rd December 2018, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Guest blog written by Tim Skutt, Wind River.
20th December 2018

12 everyday devices that originated in space exploration

12 everyday devices that originated in space exploration
Innovation is a critical driver of economic growth. It is crucial that companies and states invest in new technologies to gain a competitive advantage. To highlight the importance of interdisciplinary and creative thinking, cleantech news portal Clean Technica, has published research analysing inventions that have been adapted for commercial use following their origin in space travel.
30th November 2018

Important milestone in Mars journey

Important milestone in Mars journey
On 26th November, the NASA InSight Lander, with the help of Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS), reached an important milestone in its journey to Mars, as InSight begins a 12,300mph descent to the red planet. With the Insight lander’s avionics system based on VxWorks, this NASA mission brings the Wind River RTOS back to Mars once again following the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity mission in 2012.
26th November 2018

The first Mars helicopter will fly with Swiss DC motors

The first Mars helicopter will fly with Swiss DC motors
Two years from now, the US space agency NASA will send a new rover to the Red Planet. This trip will include a small helicopter which will take the first aerial photos of Mars. The rotors will be controlled by robust DC motors from Switzerland.
21st November 2018

Apollo 50th: first crew launches on Apollo 7

On 11th October 1968, just 15 months from President Kennedy’s deadline for a moon landing, NASA launched its first Apollo crew into space.
15th October 2018

How do we prepare a spacecraft for launch?

Revisit the 18th April 2018, launch of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
27th September 2018


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