Over 20 Years in Space
For nearly 25 years, Wind River® has provided NASA with the most proven software platform to bring dozens of unmanned systems to space, resulting in some of the most significant space missions in history. Wind River is proud to have collaborated with NASA to advance our understanding of the world and beyond.
Opportunity: A Story for the Science Books and a Legacy of Success
See how far they’ve made it, what they discovered and what’s coming next. This blog post kicks off a space and astronomy series that follows Wind River missions and...
Explore Over 20 Years of Space Missions
For nearly 25 years, Wind River® has provided NASA with the most proven software platform to bring dozens of unmanned systems to space, resulting in some of the most significant space missions...
Wind River is proud to provide the real-time operating system (RTOS) powering the OSIRIS-REx flight software. VxWorks, as used on OSIRIS-REx, acts as the “control center” for the craft; it receives...
Wind River VxWorks Lands on Mars (Again) with NASA’s Insight Spacecraft
NASA’s InSight Spacecraft, powered by VxWorks real-time operating system reached a significant milestone in its journey to Mars. On November 26, 2018, InSight made its 12,300mph descent to the red...
NASA’s Juno autonomous satellite used VxWorks to help get scientists closer than ever to the fifth planet from the sun. VxWorks handled the mission-critical aspects such as guidance, navigation...
Take a closer look at VxWorks® – the technology that’s powered these incredible missions.
The Dawn mission was an extraordinary achievement for NASA-JPL, capping decades of exploration that expanded our knowledge and technological expertise in deep space by orbiting and exploring both...
LADEE was a robotic mission that looped around the moon to study its atmosphere and attempted to solve the puzzle of whether dust actually levitates from the lunar surface.
The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)
The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is an international network of satellites that provide the next-generation global observations of rain and snow. The GPM concept centers on the...
The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) is a NASA Small Explorer Mission to observe how solar material moves, gathers energy, and heats up as it travels through the Sun's lower atmosphere.
The Cygnus spacecraft is an unmanned resupply spacecraft developed and tested by Orbital Sciences Corporation as part of NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.
Mars Curiosity Rover
NASA is using VxWorks for the most technologically advanced autonomous robotic spacecraft and geologist set ever to be deployed by any space venture.
Van Allen Probes
The twin Van Allen Probes were launched to help us understand the sun's influence on Earth and near-Earth space by studying the mechanisms that create and drive Earth's Van Allen radiation belts.
Robonaut 2, or R2, which launched to the International Space Station on the space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission, is the first dexterous humanoid robot in space.
Solar Dynamics Observatory
Since 2010, The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has been observing the Sun with the goal of understanding the influence of the Sun on Earth and near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere...
Kepler is a space telescope designed to survey a portion of the Milky Way galaxy in search of Earth-size planets, including those where liquid water, and possibly life, might exist. VxWorks runs...
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), launched in 2009 in collaboration with the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), is a robotic spacecraft that is orbiting the Moon.
Having already explored the giant protoplanet Vesta and currently heading to explore dwarf planet Ceres, the Dawn spacecraft is designed to conduct an in-depth and up-close study.
Mars Phoenix Lander
The Mars Phoenix Lander was a spacecraft sent to the surface of Mars to search for evidence of past or present microbial life. Powered by VxWorks, the main computer controlled the flight to Mars...
Launched in 2006, the STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) mission is providing insight on the structure and origins of coronal mass ejections.
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has studied the Red Planet's atmosphere and terrain from orbit since 2006 and also serves as a key data relay station for other Mars missions, including the Mars...