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NASA Tests Linux for Spacecraft Control

Jun 19, 2007, 19:30 (0 Talkback[s])

"Linux was selected for a NASA experiment aimed at proving the feasibility of COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware and software for scientific space missions. A key requirement was for application development and runtime environments familiar to scientists, to facilitate porting applications from the lab to the spacecraft.

"NASA's 'Dependable Multiprocessor' (DM) experiment is among four scientific payloads scheduled for launch in November of 2009, in the 'New Millennium Program Space Technology 8 (ST8) mission. Honeywell Aerospace was chosen to be the lead contractor for the DM experiment, while Orbital Sciences was selected to build ST8's 'Spacecraft bus...'"

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