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Wired News: Linux Rocket Hits the Launch Pad

Jun 10, 2003, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Delio)

"Eight people and a dozen laptops were crammed into a tiny windowless conference room at 5 p.m. last Monday. On the laptops: untested code. On the conference table: piles of silicon and metal. On the people's minds: escalating, deadline-induced panic.

"But by 2:30 a.m., data was being transmitted wirelessly to what had become a laptop-based flight control center for a Linux-controlled rocket. The aircraft was a few steps closer to blasting off into the upper atmosphere.

"Project leaders Andrew Greenberg and Brian O'Neel breathed a sigh of relief--finally they had some assurance that they weren't, as Greenberg put it, 'going to look like complete idiots' when they present the team's research this week at Usenix 2003, a major technical conference..."

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