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Offline PDP-8

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NASA/JPL helicopter running Linux
« on: February 20, 2021, 02:28:54 AM »
Interesting - the recent mission to Mars includes a small helicopter that will fly pre-determined paths.  JPL's own software running under Linux is in control.  Check the last paragraph.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/aerospace/robotic-exploration/nasa-designed-perseverance-helicopter-rover-fly-autonomously-mars

Running the Qualcomm Krait 32 bit cpu...

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Re: NASA/JPL helicopter running Linux
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2021, 09:20:40 PM »
I wonder then if Perseverance runs on XP?   :)

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Re: NASA/JPL helicopter running Linux
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2021, 01:46:41 AM »
I believe Perserverence herself runs on VxWorks, but the copter and EDL cameras are Linux:

https://www.theregister.com/2021/02/23/perseverance_landing_video/

There's a link describing the EDL cameras there too - much over my head, but still...
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