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Brief: NASA Will Put Rational Rose To The Test On Telescope Project
NASA's requirement that participants use the Unified Modeling Language effectively mandates developers use IBM's Rational Rose Real-Time.
January 19, 2007
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Before launching the James Webb space telescope in 2013, NASA will test the limits of distributed software development and design. The project also will show whether a tool IBM bought in 2003 is up to the task.
The telescope is being built by NASA with Canadian and European space agencies and subcontractors. To avoid problems like the Hubble telescope's, in which mirrors ground to the wrong specifications forced a space shuttle mission to replace them, NASA is requiring participants to use the Unified Modeling Language, which lets code be generated from models, and public software standards and interfaces when possible.
NASA has mandated that Webb's developers use IBM's Rational Rose Real-Time, a development tool based on UML modeling and supporting standards. IBM bought Rational for $2.1 billion. Expectations, to say the least, are sky high.
About the Author(s)
Editor at Large, Cloud
Charles Babcock is an editor-at-large for InformationWeek and author of Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution, a McGraw-Hill book. He is the former editor-in-chief of Digital News, former software editor of Computerworld and former technology editor of Interactive Week. He is a graduate of Syracuse University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism. He joined the publication in 2003.
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