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The Association for Software Testing is pleased to announce its ninth annual conference, CAST 2014 “The Art and Science of Testing”, to be held in New York, NY, August 11-13. To some, software testing is an outgrowth of engineering, mathematics and physics, while to others, testing is an exploration of psychology, philosophy or sociology. At CAST 2014, conference speakers will share their stories and experiences surrounding software testing, whether bound by rules and laws of science and experimentation, or expressed through creativity, imagination, and artistry.

Join us this summer for our ninth annual conference in downtown New York City at the beautiful Kimmel Center located next to Washington Square Park August 11-13, as we explore the art and science of testing.

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Tuesday, August 12 • 4:50pm - 6:00pm
Recipe for Testing Spacecraft Ground Software

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) creates one of a kind spacecraft that are sent on missions to objects in our solar system. Some go to planets, others to asteroids and some orbit the Earth or target our Moon. Some of the spacecraft fly by numerous solar system objects; while others orbit an object. A few actually drive across the rocky planets. Each one of these spacecraft has a unique set of instruments and a unique computer operating system called flight software (FSW). At JPL there is ground software that simulates the FSW commands to make sure that the commands will not harm the spacecraft. Typically, the number of commands makes it impossible to fully test their impact/effect on the spacecraft. Testing this volume of command states is impossible in the time frame that is required to command the spacecraft. This presentation outlines the various ways testing has evolved to adequately test the software. The science of testing involves understanding spacecraft. The art deals with picking the right set of tests to build and automate. The presentation includes videos that show the spacecraft testing and describe the difference between hardware simulation and software simulation as it is practiced at JPL.

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Barbara Streiffert

Senior Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Barbara Streiffert is a Senior Systems and Software Engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) specializing in the development of software approaches for use in ground data systems for spacecraft missions. She has worked in all aspects of systems and software development for commercial, military and aerospace projects. She is currently the Test Engineer for the Multi-Mission Software that supports over 19 applications including spacecraft... Read More →

Tuesday August 12, 2014 4:50pm - 6:00pm
10th fl Rosenthal Pavillion

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