Monday, April 17, 2006

Recycling Software at NASA

According to this story at, a NASA group is studying whether it is cost effective to simply re-use old spacecraft software on new, related, missions.
In other words, if they take the programs that control the Mars Global Surveyor, adapt them--polish them up so to speak--and use them again on a different Martian mission, will it save time and money?

That's the question NASA needs to answer. It might cost just as much to change the old software to meet current standards as it would to write new software.
And besides, some MIT graduate is probably gonna need that job to pay his student loans...

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