RTEMS on Mars?
Kenneth J. Peters
Kenneth.J.Peters at jpl.nasa.gov
Thu Jul 6 15:24:40 UTC 2006
We are using the ERC32/TSC695 chip at 24MHz. In the near future we
may start using a new Atmel 100MHz version of the chip; I am not sure
if that chip is still ERC32-based or if it is a Leon version.
At 10:44 AM +0200 7/6/06, Jiri Gaisler wrote:
>Can you say something about the CPU in the Electra radio?
>My understading is that you use a device, or
>did you use the earlier TSC691/2/3 chip set?
>Kenneth J. Peters wrote:
>>Yes, RTEMS is orbiting Mars now in the Electra radio. In a couple
>>years in an upcoming project, it will be roving on the Mars
>>surface. I lead the Electra software development team for these.
>>Please don't use this in any official advertising unless you get
>>permission from JPL, but you can tell your kids :-)
>>>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".
>>>The presentation states that it arrived on Mars in
>>>According to Wikipedia:
>>>"The Electra is a UHF
>>>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. :)
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