|Chris is much more special.|
|MMS "Flat Sat" Work Area|
The laboratory setup was very nice but we were all shocked when we saw the MMS assembly area and how large each of the four satellites in the constellation was. We expected birthday cake size and they are the diameter of a large rocket body. Each satellite is running a hardened Coldfire CPU with RTEMS and application software built on top of the Core Flight Executive.
Although not running RTEMS, seeing the James Webb Telescope and Hubble Service Mission assembly areas was a real treat. It is ultimately about the science and I am proud RTEMS is a part of it.
The Workshop on Spacecraft Flight Software was a real treat. Gedare Bloom and his wife joined Chris, Mark, and I there. I have been to the last three FSW's and have been blown away repeatedly at the incredible work being done by this community. As might be expected, we collectively were delightfully pleased to see so many people using or considering RTEMS. It is quite humbling. Many attendees shared their RTEMS experiences and plans with us. The presentations were video recorded and should be available with slides in the near future. Presentations and video from previous years is also available online.
All in all, it was a fabulously rewarding experience getting to meet so many people, tour Goddard Space Center, and hear about so many projects.