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Alameda’s Wind River Plays Role in Carrier Drone Aircraft Development

Earlier this week, Wind River, of Alameda, announced that it has provided software for Northrop Grumman’s X-47B unmanned drone aircraft that would launch from and land on aircraft carriers and refuel in-flight. The X-47B completed its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California on February 4th, under the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) program.

Wind River is a subsidiary of Intel Corporation and develops embedded and mobile software. Northrop Grumman uses Wind River’s “VxWorks” real-time operating system software as the platform for the UCAS-D program, and by GE Aviation for backbone of computers and networks that supports the program.

In statement released to the media, Chip Downing, director of aerospace and defense at Wind River, said, “The UCAS-D program is an essential step toward the future of carrier-based unmanned systems technology, and Wind River is honored to have been selected for such an ambitious military program.”

Janis Pamiljans, vice president and UCAS-D program manager for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector called the successful test a major milestone for the U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman and Wind River.

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