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An assessment of space shuttle flight software development processesIn early 1991, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) Office of Space Flight commissioned the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) of the National Research Council (NRC) to investigate the adequacy of the current process by which NASA develops and verifies changes and updates to the Space Shuttle flight software. The Committee for Review of Oversight Mechanisms for Space Shuttle Flight Software Processes was convened in Jan. 1992 to accomplish the following tasks: (1) review the entire flight software development process from the initial requirements definition phase to final implementation, including object code build and final machine loading; (2) review and critique NASA's independent verification and validation process and mechanisms, including NASA's established software development and testing standards; (3) determine the acceptability and adequacy of the complete flight software development process, including the embedded validation and verification processes through comparison with (1) generally accepted industry practices, and (2) generally accepted Department of Defense and/or other government practices (comparing NASA's program with organizations and projects having similar volumes of software development, software maturity, complexity, criticality, lines of code, and national standards); (4) consider whether independent verification and validation should continue. An overview of the study, independent verification and validation of critical software, and the Space Shuttle flight software development process are addressed. Findings and recommendations are presented.
Document ID
19930019745
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Subject Category
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE
Report/Patent Number
LC-93-84549
NAS 1.26:193179
NASA-CR-193179
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NASW-4003
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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