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PROBAProject for On-Board Autonomy (technology demonstration missions of the European Space Agency)
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We chose Wind River's VxWorks operating system for PROBA because of its robustness and proven reliability on space missions," said Dominique Baudoux, Space Business Unit Program Manager for Spacebel - the subcontractor responsible for providing PROBA's flight software.
PROBA was launched via rocket by the Indian Space Research Organization and sent into orbit on October 22, 2001.
Wind River's VxWorks RTOS controls all on-board functions of the PROBA satellite.
During its projected two-year lifetime, PROBA will be performing a series of scientific and housekeeping activities that can be planned, controlled and monitored by both the ground team and the satellite's on-board computer.