An Assessment of Space Shuttle Flight Software Development Processes

An Assessment of Space Shuttle Flight Software Development Processes

by Committee for Review of Oversight Mechanisms for Space Shuttle Flight Software Processes, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, National Research Council
     
 

Effective software is essential to the success and safety of the Space Shuttle, including its crew and its payloads. The on-board software continually monitors and controls critical systems throughout a Space Shuttle flight. At NASA's request, the committee convened to review the agency's flight software development processes and to recommend a number of ways those

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Effective software is essential to the success and safety of the Space Shuttle, including its crew and its payloads. The on-board software continually monitors and controls critical systems throughout a Space Shuttle flight. At NASA's request, the committee convened to review the agency's flight software development processes and to recommend a number of ways those processes could be improved.

This book, the result of the committee's study, evaluates the safety, oversight, and management functions that are implemented currently in the Space Shuttle program to ensure that the software is of the highest quality possible. Numerous recommendations are made regarding safety and management procedures, and a rationale is offered for continuing the Independent Verification and Validation effort that was instituted after the Challenger Accident.

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At the recommendation of the National Research Council in reaction to the Challenger space shuttle accident, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration formed a committee early in 1992 to assess the need for an independent verification and validation of NASA's software development and oversight process. Here is their report, based on interviews, presentations, questions to NASA and its contractors, and literature. It finds both the software and the development process excellent in general, but suggests some improvements in oversight. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309048804
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
01/15/1993
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

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