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What we learn from our experiences helps shape us as human beings. What we learn from the experiences of others can give us new insight and new perspectives. At this year’s conference speakers will share with you the lessons that they have learned in Software Testing, as well as how these lessons influence the way that we approach testing both now and in the future.

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Wednesday, August 28 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Testing when software must work

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena California develops unmanned spacecraft to explore our solar system. Each of the spacecraft is unique and its software is unique. Spacecraft are limited systems with a finite amount of power, fuel, data storage, etc. The various spacecraft have their own flight software that commands it and ground software that evaluates the commands that are sent to the spacecraft to make sure that they do not damage the spacecraft. All of this software is extensively tested because if it doesn’t work, the spacecraft could be destroyed. Not only would billions of dollars be lost, but the scientific discoveries that the spacecraft would obtain are lost as well. Software testing is crucial and the lesson learned is “Test as you fly; Fly as you test”. What that slogan means varies depending on the type of software involved. This presentation will discuss the various types of software and the types of testing required to be able to assert that the software is tested as you fly and the spacecraft software is flown as you test. In addition, videos of the spacecraft and its mission will be shown to help with understanding the task and to demonstrate how the various types of software are used, and tested as well as the goals/purposes of that software.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Streiffert

Barbara Streiffert

System 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 →


Wednesday August 28, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Hall of Ideas G One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

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