Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Aug 2012 14:42 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes As the first images of the Mars Curiosity lander start pouring in, let's talk about what operating system it runs. As I found out via Hacker News, the project runs on VxWorks, a very popular embedded operating system used for truly mission critical tasks. I'd love to know just how much work has gone into making it bug-free - this isn't the kind of environment where you want code to fail.
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by zima on Mon 6th Aug 2012 14:56 UTC
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Previous Mars rovers also used it, and quite a few other space missions in general: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VxWorks#Spacecraft
(since Intel owns them now - is there some internal movement to make x86 the "premier" architecture, towards some radiation-hardened x86 chips? I imagine Intel could see this as worthy even just for PR)

Other space-used OS that I stumbled on once: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RTEMS - and this one's OSS.
I would be curious to know what other OS are up there (apart from... well, just look what's on the screen ;p http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Iss017e015059.jpg )

About the first images - FINALLY, the promise fulfilled!!111 (I was watching live NASA TV coverage) See, as a kid, I was kinda promised a "live pictures" from the coverage of Pathfinder landing - the announcements of the upcoming coverage, on my national TV network, presented it like that ...so the actual coverage felt a bit underwhelming back then.
But not any more - first picture in the first few minutes after touchdown!

Edited 2012-08-06 15:03 UTC

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