RTEMS on Mars?

jonathan.kalbfeld at gmail.com jonathan.kalbfeld at gmail.com
Wed Jul 5 22:28:42 UTC 2006

I'll look into it.  I know my project is still using VxWorks but I
can't imagine that there aren't people using RTEMS.  It's so cool and
fun to use!


On 7/5/06, Joel Sherrill <joel.sherrill at oarcorp.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Can some shed light on the possibility that RTEMS is
> on Mars?  As best I can tell from this presentation,
> there is a possibility that RTEMS is/was used for the
> Electra software radio which is the core of the
> "Mars network infrastructure".
> http://www.pmw.org/afsbpw06/talks/keynote_djbyrne.pdf
> The presentation states that it arrived on Mars in
> March 2006.
> According to Wikipedia:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Reconnaissance_Orbiter
> "The Electra is a UHF
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_high_frequency> antenna designed to
> communicate with other spacecraft as they approach, land, and operate on
> Mars. Electra will also provide Doppler information for landed vehicles
> that will enable scientists to accurately determine the their location.
> Additionally, the system will be a radio contact for surface vehicles
> and route data to NASA if the vehicle's own antenna does not have
> sufficient power to contact controllers."
> Please... this certainly sounds like the kind of RTEMS
> application, I like to show my kids.  Plus this would be
> the RTEMS application that is farthest from home. :)
> --joel

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