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IBM code to go aloft with NASA space telescope
Written by Gizmo   
Saturday, 20 January 2007 11:26

Read the full story at CNET:

"IBM has won a deal to supply NASA with software to build the James Webb Space Telescope, which is set to launch in 2013 and study the origins of the universe.

A successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope will showcase cutting-edge technologies and instruments, including a 21-foot folding primary mirror and a near-infrared camera.

The project will also rely on software, with 200,000 lines of C++ code anticipated to help operate the telescope and gather and transmit data.

Rather than write out each line of code, engineers will create a detailed model of the required software, which will act as a blueprint for the entire system. IBM's development tool software from its Rational division will automatically generate the code, according to Big Blue."

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