Tuesday, November 08, 2005

NASA's JPL Explores Eclipse

Source: ADTmag.com


While NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers are exploring the bumpy, rocky terrain of Mars, the space agency's Jet Propulsion Lab is exploring the wideopen landscape of opensource software.
"What Eclipse represents in multienvironments answered a lot of problems we were having," he says. Eclipse allows JPL to transfer code to other missions, retire "large amounts" of old code and reap savings. "It's kind of magical, and we're still able to use [existing] code to support" operations applications, Norris explains.

JPL plans to use apps based on Eclipse for its Spirit and Opportunity Rovers, the first time for JPL in a mission- critical operations setting.

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