Nasa is testing their new K-10 Space Exporation Robot which runs on Red Hat Linux.”Linux’s flexibility and scalability enable us to easily add, remove, and extend devices with minimal difficulty,” stated Nasa.
The K-10 is controlled wirelessly, via a PCMCIA-based 802.11g interface connected to an 8db 2.4GHz antenna via an RF cable. The control application runs on the control laptop as a single, multi-threaded userspace application. Real-time performance is not required, NASA says, because real-time tasks such as fine-grained motor control are offloaded to a distributed network of microcontroller-powered control boards.
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