EETimes Radio Show: “Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle Overview—Embedded Flight Software”
If you think it is an amazing feat of software engineering expertise to get an automobile to self-park or to change lanes or stop before it collides at 65 mph with an object in front of it—well, you’re right —but how about safely guiding a vehicle up and out of Earth’s gravitational pull, through the atmosphere and into the cold, empty void of space travelling on a nine-month journey to a distant planet 225 million km away? Meet Darrel Raines, System Manager for Flight Software Production, Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle at NASA, Johnson Space Center.
Raines manages an incredibly talented team that needs to do all of this, keeping four astronauts alive and well, while guiding the Orion spacecraft safely to its destination on the Red Planet—Mars. Then sustain their lives in a constructed habitat for some months and, ultimately, bring them back home to Earth.
Raines was the keynote speaker at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Minneapolis this year and has an enviable set of software engineering experience from which we can all benefit and learn.
Listeners had the opportunity of a lifetime to ask Darrel Raines questions on our EE Times online radio show on December 15 at 11 AM ET.
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