| || Software quality assurance : Challenges in launch vehicle projects
Author : Gopalan, Poofa;Uma Sankari, S. S.;Mohan Kumar, D.;Nair, R. Vikraman
Source : Defence Science Journal ; Vol:56(1) ; 2006 ; pp 31-38
Subject : 629.7 Aeronautics;681.3 Computer Science
Keywords : Software quality assurance;Launch vehicle;Testing;Simulation;Verification;Validation;Software fault injection
Abstract : Launch vehicle projects now depend on software, more than ever before, to ensure safety and efficiency. Such critical software systems, which can lead to injury, destruction or loss of vital equipment, human lives, and damage to environment, must be developed and verified with high level of quality and reliability. An overview of current quality practices pursued in launch vehicle projects is presented in this paper. These practices have played a vital role in the successful launch vehicle missions of Indian Space Research Organisation. As complexity of software increases, the activity that gets affected is nothing but, software quality assurance (SQA). The SQA team is facing a lot of challenges in current practices. This paper brings out such challenges in different phases of software life cycle. A set of key points to some techniques and tools, that could contribute to meet the software quality assurance challenges in launch vehicle projects, are also discussed.