Military Embedded Systems

Kubernetes distributed processing technology flies onboard U-2

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December 16, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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BETHESDA, Md. Lockheed Martin announced that it has conducted a flight test mission featuring distributed processing onboard the U-2 Dragon Lady via Kubernetes containerization technology.

The demonstration is a critical steppingstone toward creating a DevSecOps environment to enable the delivery of enhanced software capability to airborne assets in real-time.

To accelerate the often gradual software delivery process, the Lockheed Martin team leveraged a Kubernetes cloud configuration. This configuration, which was previously demonstrated during the OpenAirKube demo in late August, was flown on the U-2 via an Enterprise Open System Architecture Mission Computer (EMC2).

According to the compant, the EMC2 is representative of the Open Mission Systems (OMS) mission computer currently being developed for the U-2 program of record.

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