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tofu
2006-Mar-13, 11:26 PM
I'm doing a class presentation on the history of independent verification and validation of software at NASA. I haven't really even started doing my research yet, I just thought I'd first see if there were any NASA SE's that hang out here - maybe you have an interesting story that you can tell: "back in my day, software validation was done with a set of dice and a ouija board"

Any insights are appreciated.

ToSeek
2006-Mar-14, 11:59 PM
I qualify, but I can't think of any stories at the moment.

peteshimmon
2006-Mar-15, 12:30 AM
I have wondered about that programmer who was
dragged out of bed and asked to write a
software patch to bypass a faulty abort switch
on Alan Shepards Lunar Module during the
three hours it was taking to go round the
Moon once. Rather extream validation
procedure I thought:)

ToSeek
2006-Mar-15, 08:39 PM
I once modified our spacecraft simulator in the middle of a dataflow so that the control center would accept our data. I used to love telling our Quality Assurance representatives this and watch them break out in hives.