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Safe Autonomous Space Software

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Covering safety in human spaceflight, safety of launch and reentry, law and regulations, news from the launcher industry.
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Mars Curiosity rover bounces back from software glitch - NBCNews.com

Mars Curiosity rover bounces back from software glitch - NBCNews.com | Spacecraft Flight Software | Scoop.it
Cleveland Leader Mars Curiosity rover bounces back from software glitch NBCNews.com "Commands recovering the spacecraft were uplinked to the spacecraft early Sunday morning." Curiosity has been exploring Mars' 96-mile-wide (154 km) Gale Crater...
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DARPA Awards Arkyd SBIR Phase I Contract for Spacecraft Hypervisor at Parabolic Arc

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DTN + CubeSats = Low Cost, Reliable Network Services to Remote Regions – InterPlanetary Networking Special Interest Group (IPNSIG)

DTN + CubeSats = Low Cost, Reliable Network Services to Remote Regions – InterPlanetary Networking Special Interest Group (IPNSIG) | Spacecraft Flight Software | Scoop.it
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Brains of the SLS – Flight Computer enters build phase | NASASpaceFlight.com

Brains of the SLS – Flight Computer enters build phase | NASASpaceFlight.com | Spacecraft Flight Software | Scoop.it
One of the key technologies on NASA's new monster rocket, a small box of tricks known as the Flight Computer, is making good process during its developmental
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Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet - Wired

Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet - Wired | Spacecraft Flight Software | Scoop.it
Wired Google's Chief Internet Evangelist on Creating the Interplanetary Internet Wired Two orbiters around Mars are running the prototype versions of this software, and virtually all the information that's coming back from Mars is coming back via...
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NASA, Air Force Seek Next Generation Space Processor Program

NASA, Air Force Seek Next Generation Space Processor Program | Spacecraft Flight Software | Scoop.it
NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., are requesting research and development proposals to define the type of spacecraft computing needed for future missions.
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The Evolution of Software and Its Impact on Complex System Design in Robotic Spacecraft Embedded Systems

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‘Driving’ Satellites: A Complex Undertaking, Not a Cheap Date

‘Driving’ Satellites: A Complex Undertaking, Not a Cheap Date | Spacecraft Flight Software | Scoop.it
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Nate Parsons's comment, March 28, 2013 9:46 AM
Interesting article, but the metaphor in the title is wrong on so many levels
Chris Krupiarz's comment, March 28, 2013 1:00 PM
Yeah, I didn't quite get it, either!
Nate Parsons's comment, March 28, 2013 6:16 PM
Now about the article,

> Even sending a single command is not trivial. You have to test it on a ground simulator to make sure it works, then load it in a communications queue, then format it to send by radio to the satellite, then confirm it is received, then confirm it did what you asked.

This feels like an overstatement to me. It seems to me that most of these are automateable, if they even required operator effort in the first place (does anyone force their operators to format commands for RF?). As long as there is a sufficient understanding of what each command is supposed to do, of course.

And for SpaceX, yes, they have lots of people on hand during critical periods, but I would argue less than others would, since so much emphasis is on having the original engineers on hand, the same way APL does.
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Engineers troubleshoot Curiosity computer glitch

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Flight controllers have powered up a back-up computer aboard the Curiosity Mars rover after software glitches interrupted the flow of science data. Space radiation may be responsible. Read this article by William Harwood on CNET News.
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Open-Source in Space: Flight Software Workshop Begins Tomorrow - EE Times

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Open-Source in Space: Flight Software Workshop Begins Tomorrow
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The Spacecraft Flight Software Workshop is set to begin tomorrow. If you are going to be in the area, there are still a few seats left for the event.
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CBS News Story on Dream Chaser, Touches on Software Success

CBS News Story on Dream Chaser, Touches on Software Success | Spacecraft Flight Software | Scoop.it
Company says skid caused minor damage, test confirmed flight worthiness of its design
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Space Exploration Stack Exchange

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Q&A for spacecraft operators, scientists, engineers, and enthusiasts
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Nate Parsons's comment, October 18, 2013 8:15 AM
Looks like this is a good tag for SIE to follow (one is unanswered at the moment): http://space.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/flight-computer
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In praise of celestial mechanics - The Economist

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In praise of celestial mechanics
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Once activated, the software forced the blocked valves open one by one, and within five hours control of the spacecraft had been restored.
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New software ideas get a step closer to space - Space Ref (press release)

New software ideas get a step closer to space Space Ref (press release) "The project suggestions come from across the spectrum of spacecraft control - from communication to guidance and navigation, to software and ground control," says Dave Evans,...
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How the Air Force and SpaceX Saved Dragon from Doom

How the Air Force and SpaceX Saved Dragon from Doom | Spacecraft Flight Software | Scoop.it
The picture perfect docking of the SpaceX Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 3 and the triumphant ocean splashdown last week o
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CuriousMars: Rover's SAM organic and CheMin Labs Outrun Computer Snafu For Extra Rock Analysis - SpaceRef

CuriousMars: Rover's SAM organic and CheMin Labs Outrun Computer Snafu For Extra Rock Analysis - SpaceRef | Spacecraft Flight Software | Scoop.it
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More details on memory issue from the media.

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