Software engineers from commercial space pioneer SpaceX will be hosting a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) tomorrow at 1:00 PM Eastern (10:00 AM Pacific), offering a rare glimpse into the inter-workings of this extremely successful company.
Based on comments from SpaceX founder Elon Musk and SpaceX job listings, it’s known that their spacecraft’s avionics are written in C++ and run on top of a custom build of Linux. This Reddit AMA could be an excellent opportunity to question the SpaceX developers about their utilization of free and open source software.
What tools are used to write their spacecraft’s code? Have they developed their own Linux distribution? Will SpaceX be committing improvements to upstream development of the tools they use? Have they already done so?
Get your FOSS questions ready, and be sure to keep an eye on the thread to get some inside info on how SpaceX is using Linux to revolutionize our access to space.