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Shuttle Astronaut Mike Mullane on “The Amazing Flight Software People”

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Shuttle Astronaut Mike Mullane has some thoughts about the IBM team who built the Shuttle onboard flight software.

Space Shuttle First Flights: Dick Truly – The Approach and Landing...

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I had visions of the Space Shuttle Enterprise getting jostled during separation and colliding with the 747’s vertical stabilizer – which would definitely make for a bad day all around.

Space Shuttle First Flights: John Aaron (“Exceptional” Flight Software)

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NASA's John Aaron set high standards for IBM, and Space Shuttle onboard software came closer to "error-free" than any large, complex software ever built.

Space Shuttle First Flights: John Aaron (Error-Free Code?)

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NASA required IBM’s Space Shuttle software to be delivered “error-free”. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the likelihood of that was extremely low.

Space Shuttle First Flights: Phil Shaffer (Again)

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During the Apollo Program, NASA’s Phil Shaffer had subjected me to what I’d describe today as a version of “Shark Tank”. I wasn’t looking forward to presenting to him again on Shuttle.

Space Shuttle First Flights: Engineering the Onboard Software

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By comparison to the Space Shuttle, Apollo was a Model-T Ford - no set of computer-controlled spaceship operations like this had ever been attempted. Nothing that got us to the Moon could be reused here, and so it was discarded.