With increasing speed of computing hardware and increasing complexity of in-flight systems, space travel is becoming more and more dependent on software. A small group of professionals from JPL, APL, The Aerospace Corporation and SWRI kept finding themselves gathering after other events to discuss the software-related issues with space flight and ultimately decided to create their own event, The Flight Software Workshop.
This event is fairly small, having only 120 available seats, so you'll have to hurry if you want to attend. It will be hosted at the Beckman Institute Auditorium at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., on December 12 and 13. It is a "presentation only" workshop that will be covering the following topics:
- Flight software engineering and testing
- Model-based software development
- Navigation, fault management, and command sequence control
- Onboard communication
- Space network protocols
- Onboard data processing
- Software modeling, simulation, and testbeds
- Spacecraft software architectures
- Agile software development
- Flight processors and operating systems
- Planning, tasking, and execution
- Systems engineering
- Software verification and validation
- Testing technologies
- Lessons learned
If you're curious about what kinds of things you might see at the event, you can check out this presentation from the 2009 Flight Software Workshop. It is a four-and-a-half-hour audio and slide presentation. If you'd rather just download the PDF, it can be found here.
If you would like to attend, or submit a paper for consideration for next year's event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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