Flight Software Language
For flight software we'll use Ada. The people we have talked with who
have extensive experience with all the modern languages can argue elegantly
in favor of Ada.
The discriminators seem to be our ability to verify the code, the volume
of plug-in software modules already written in Ada for the kinds of
applications we have, efficiency of translating other languages into a common
format, cost of maintainig the code, availability of compilers for nearly
every platform on the market, and the cost of generating code. NASA and
DoD have spent billions of dollars of the taxpayers' money on studying this
question and always arrive back at Ada, so we would need a very compelling
argument to consider an alternative.
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