Linux blasts off in U.S. tactical satellite

Linux was shot into space, today, as part of an Air Force effort to making space more “operationally responsive” through the use off “micro satellites” that can be launched quickly and cheaply. In today’s launch, Linux is running the 220-pound micro satellite’s “TIE” (Target Indicator Experiment) payload.

I was always told that “TIE” stood for “twin ion engine” and is the main component of a TIE fighter in Star Wars. I could be mistaken, though.

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~ by janpalmer on December 23, 2006.

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