Wind River® provides the industry's most proven platform for unmanned systems. Our contributions to the field of unmanned systems have resulted in some of the most significant moments of our thirty year history. From our collaboration with NASA JPL on their exploratory missions on Mars to the role our technology plays in the latest generation of autonomous aircraft, Wind River is proud to have partnered with the innovative companies and institutions that are advancing our understanding of robotics, unmanned avionics, the world we live in, and beyond.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Curiosity, the Most Technologically Advanced Autonomous Robotic Spacecraft
Curiosity is the most sophisticated autonomous robotic spacecraft ever created. Using Wind River Workbench for development and debugging, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) team was able to bring Curiosity to life. Now that Curiosity is safely on the Martian surface, VxWorks® real-time operating system (RTOS) is controlling such mission-critical tasks as ground operations, data collection, and Mars-to-Earth communication.
Robonaut, the First Humanoid Robot in Space
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. The computing environment chosen for the Robonaut project includes several state-of-the-art technologies. R2 uses the VxWorks RTOS to support varied development activities.
AgustaWestland Relies on Wind River for Revolutionary “Project Zero” Technology Incubator
“Project Zero” is an unmanned, all-electric tiltrotor aircraft designed by AgustaWestland that hovers like a helicopter and converts to a fixed-wing aircraft in forward flight. The project offers a look into the future of advanced rotorcraft. AgustaWestland relied on Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform and Wind River Professional Services to design, develop, build, and test Project Zero in six months.
Northrop Grumman X-47B Achieves Historic Catapult Launch and Landing
On July 10, as part of its Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program, the U.S. Navy completed the landing of an unmanned aircraft on a carrier ship, which followed the catapult launch that took place on May 14—both events the first of their kind in aviation history. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the X-47B is the first tailless, autonomous unmanned aircraft for carrier operations. And Wind River VxWorks is its primary computing environment.
Europe's nEUROn UCAV Demonstrator Makes Its Maiden Flight
The nEUROn Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator, the first large-size stealth platform designed in Europe, successfully completed its maiden flight on December 2, 2012. nEUROn was designed and produced by six European nations (France, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Spain, and Switzerland) with the significant objective of demonstrating the maturity of technologies by delivering modular safety critical avionics systems running on COTS-based on-board computers—and standardized on the Wind River VxWorks 653 operating system.
KUKA Revolutionizes Robots
KUKA, a leading robot manufacturer, uses Wind River on multi-core platforms to develop their revolutionary KRC4 controller. Building upon the proven reliability and breakthrough performance of VxWorks, the KUKA team was able to deliver their product on time and reduce risk during development.
FITSCO Delivers Award-Winning, Safety Certified, Milestone Product
FITSCO’s innovative rail control system, JeRail® Automatic Train Protection system (ATP-100 Controller), is a milestone product for FITSCO. The ATP system is the core of the Automated Train Operation signaling system and is responsible for the train’s critical operations. FITSCO successfully passed the stringent SIL4 safety integrity standard in a reduced time frame and within budget with Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform and Wind River Professional Services.
MBARI Breaking New Ground with Integrated Unmanned Submersible Research Platforms
In 1996, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) designed and built the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Tiburon, the most sophisticated all-electric ROV used for ocean science. ROV Tiburon broke new ground in providing an integrated unmanned submersible research platform with many powerful features that provided efficient, reliable, and precise sampling and data collection in a wide range of missions.
Retired in 2008, ROV Tiburon was replaced with a more powerful ROV, the Doc Ricketts. On February 24, 2009, ROV Doc Ricketts made its first research dive. All powered by Wind River VxWorks.
Institute of Industrial Science,
University of Tokyo
Building Revolutionary Intelligent AUVs
The Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) at the University of Tokyo developed the r2D4 with the mission of surveying undersea hydrothermal vents. VxWorks runs the main computer that gathers and logs data from navigational and other sensors, and controls the total robot system in accordance with a mission plan, such as the motion and activity control of the robot including obstacle avoidance, judgment, research payload control, watchdog, and emergency control.
- CIRA FTB-1
- European Space Agency Proba
- Institute of Industrial Science,
University of Tokyo r2D4
- KUKA KRC4
- MBARI Tiburon
- MBARI Doc Ricketts
- NASA Clementine
- NASA Ares
- NASA Mars Pathfinder
- NASA Curiosity Rover
- Northrop Grumman X-47B