VxWorks for Aerospace and Defense Solution Brief

September 24, 2019

With most governments aiming to streamline procurement processes and spending, aerospace and defense OEMs are feeling the pressure to cut costs. One avenue is to maximize software reuse. Another costsaving opportunity is to reduce the resources and time needed for system certification. Despite ever-increasing system complexity, key requirements still need to be met, such as delivering real-time performance, securing systems against escalating security threats, safely integrating software from a wide variety of sources, and recruiting enough software developers to get the job done right and on time.

These challenges and others are why many companies turn to Wind River®. With more than 25 years of experience in space missions and more than 35 years in the aerospace and defense market, Wind River solves the challenges of developing today’s modern systems by relying on a legacy of successful projects and ongoing product innovations. VxWorks®, the most widely deployed real-time operating system (RTOS), rode on a NASA probe as part of one of the avionics packages—a star scanner—that helped keep the spacecraft Clementine on course. VxWorks is also part of many active space-bound projects, including NASA’s InSight Mars lander.

Wind River invests heavily in its VxWorks software portfolio, adding new features while maintaining its very high level of security, safety, and reliability.

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