Linux got to Mars

The Linux operating system is where Microsoft Windows would probably “freeze”.

The recent landing of the rover Perseverance, which took place successfully on February 18, 2021, evoked great emotions. The exploratory rover has a lot of work to do in the near future to explore Mars. The survey will not only be on Martian soil, but also in the air. In this case, it will be taken care of by an Ingenuity helicopter, but at the same time it will be the first exploration of this kind in the Martian atmosphere. The mentioned helicopter is interesting in that it is controlled by the Linux operating system and it is a nice technological demonstration, which, if it proves successful, we can expect several similar missions.

NASA’s chief engineer, Tim Canhan, said it would be the first time he was flying Linux on Mars. The framework they used to control it is also freely available for download and can be used by anyone to control their helicopter. Because it’s open-source, it’s also, in a way, a nice demonstration of what software that’s available for free can do. The framework itself is called F (F prime). It was developed by JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), which eventually decided to release the software under an open-source license.

It remains to be believed that this project will be tested in practice, and over time, exploration of Mars will be conducted not only across the “earth” but also in the air, and we will see breathtaking images of this planet.

Source: TheVerge, NASA,


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