Spinoffs from Flight Software
It is important to consider what software could
be used for commercial businesses and what software functions show up in
both flight and development.
For example, in some of the early discussions with Mike Bennett we were
thinking the same software could be used for simulations as for control
software in flight. (The Shuttle Mission Simulator does this. NASA does it
by running real flight-qualified flight computers to drive the crew
station.) Then, the same simulation software can be used in commercial
applications such as driving lunar explorations ridefilms at a theme park.
Our goal is to get as much of the spacecraft to pay for itself as we
We might even consider writing early commercial software to flight
software standards, to reduce development costs downstream.
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