Programmers give details on the software that powers Falcon rockets, Crew Dragon pods, and Starlink satellites. And they confess that they play Kerbal Space Program.
The software packages that SpaceX uses on Falcon rockets, Crew Dragon pods, and Starlink satellites are cousins of the programs that can be on your personal computer or phone.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley used the base of Google’s Chrome browser – the most widely used in the world – every time they touched the touch screens that controlled the Crew Dragon capsule while flying to the International Space Station in late May. . And every SpaceX satellite and rocket uses a variant of the Linux operating system, which powers the billions of Android phones in the world.