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Nasa using Eclipse to communicate with unmanned spacecraft

Interesting - I'm not sure I had seen this before:

NASA has been using the Eclipse Rich Client Platform for many operating systems, including the desktop interfaces that scientists use to communicate with unmanned spacecraft like those sent on the Mars Rover mission. A portion of the operations tools NASA uses for Mars use Eclipse for tasks like controlling and receiving data from the rover, Eclipse noted.

NASA has opted to use Equinox and OSGi Alliance standards to move some of that desktop functionality -- like analyzing large amounts of complex images -- from the desktop to the server to take advantage of the latter's additional processing power.

Link:  Eclipse starts work on better component-based runtime