NASA’s InSight Probe Has Successfully Touched Down On The Surface Of Mars | IFLScience
NASA has confirmed that its InSight spacecraft has safely touched down on Mars, the first successful landing on the Red Planet in more than six years.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Lockheed Martinin rakentamassa luotaimessa käytetään monin paikoin Wind Riversin VxWorksia, johon NASA on eri projekteissa luottanut jo 25 vuoden ajan.

    Insightin lentojärjestelmä perustuu VxWorksiin. Itse lennonhallintaohjelmisto on koodattu C:llä ja C++:lla VxWorksin päälle.

    VxWorksia Insightilla ajetaan PowerPC-pohjaisella tietokoneella, jonka kellotaajuus on 115,5 megahertsiä.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    NASA’s InSight On Mars
    Launching an unmanned probe to the planet Mars and successfully landing safely on the Martian surface requires a spacecraft with almost complete autonomy and a fair amount of luck.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    FMI Readies Sensors for Mars

    The Finnish Meteorological Institute’s MEDA PS and MEDA HS sensors are set to measure the pressure and humidity of the atmosphere of Mars. Based on Vaisala’s Barocap and Humicap sensor technologies, FMI’s devices will be part of the Spanish Mars Environmental Dynamic Analyzer (MEDA) suite of environmental sensors, which will be installed in the Mars 2020 Rover.

    MEDA PS and MEDA HS are designed, built, and calibrated by FMI.

    MEDA HS is a miniature relative humidity device that incorporates polymeric capacitive Humicap humidity sensors. It mounts on the remote sensing mast providing ventilation to the ambient atmosphere through a filter protecting the device from airborne dust.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    NASA’s Lander Had Companions On Its Trip To Mars
    Briefcase-sized CubeSats flew in formation on the way to Mars to provide communications minutes after InSight landed.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Real-time operating system crucial for spacecraft landing on Mars

    The VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) was crucial in helping ensure NASA’s InSight Spacecraft made a safe landing on the surface of the planet Mars. See video.

    NASA’s InSight Spacecraft, with the help of its VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS), from Wind River, made its 12,300mph descent to Mars with a successful landing. With the Insight lander’s avionics system, which is based on VxWorks, InSight will be conducting science operations to gather data on how the planet formed, until Nov. 24, 2020 (which equates to one year and 40 days on Mars, or nearly two Earth years).

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    NASA’s InSight Has Sent Its Last Ever Communication From Mars
    RIP InSight. The lander mission has now ended after over four years on the Red Planet.


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