#13. Ingenuity

Last edited on 2023-05-12 Tagged under  #space 

Here are this week's 3 links worth exploring:

  1. The first aircraft to fly on another world, the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter recently completed its 50th flight. Contributing to that success was a Linux-based Snapdragon processor and NASA's open source flight software F Prime. The software framework is implemented in C++ and hosted on GitHub. It was designed not just for the plucky Martian explorer, but to be portable across a wide range of missions and hardware architectures: https://dataverse.jpl.nasa.gov/file.xhtml?fileId=72563

  2. Python plays a big role in downloading and analyzing the image data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The code pipeline that ferries raw data into finished images and scientific discoveries is open source along with documentation and HOWTO instructions: https://www.codecademy.com/resources/blog/nasa-james-webb-space-telescope-python-data/

  3. Library Space Technology Network is a pilot project that involves public libraries and hands-on construction of satellite ground stations. It seeks to promote public access to open source space technology by building SatNOGS stations pioneered by the Libre Space Foundation at five public libraries around the world: https://lstn.wolba.ch/

Quote of the Week: "It’s kind of an open-source victory, because we’re flying an open-source operating system and an open-source flight software framework and flying commercial parts that you can buy off the shelf if you wanted to do this yourself someday." — NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) senior engineer Tim Canham on Ingenuity (Source)


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