January 27, 2011

Open Source Powers New Aussie Space Race (Computerworld)

Computerworld reports on a linux.conf.au talk about an open hardware/software effort targeting a moon landing. The Lunar Numbat project aims to put a Linux-powered robotic marsupial on the moon. "The Australia defence force has donated a stockpile of rockets like the Zuni missile to ASRI for experiments. 'We are designing and implementing electronic controllers for the rockets using open software and open hardware,' [Luke] Weston said. Back in 2004 researchers at the University of NSW also worked on putting Linux in space for one of its satellite projects. The software is generally licenced under the GPL and the hardware under the TAPR Open Hardware licences."

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