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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
X-To: "S. Ron Oliver" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2000 13:06:29 -0500
Reply-To: Tucker Taft <[log in to unmask]>
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"S. Ron Oliver" wrote:
> Does anyone on Team-Ada work for NASA, either directly or as a contractor?

One of AverStar's largest clients is NASA.  We are NASA's
primary "IV&V" contractors.  We also have a rather large
presence at JPL.

> More specifically, does anyone know anything about two Mars probes, the
> Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO) and the Mars Polar Lander (MPL), built for NASA
> by Lockheed Martin, with some work being done by JPL?

I could ask the relevant people in one of our west coast offices.
Let me know if you would like me to send them a question.  If
you can be more specific it would help.

> I'm asking because I'm getting ready to flame anyone involved with those
> programs, and I want to know, ahead of time, who's toes I might be stepping on.

What is prompting the flame?  Because they failed, or because
of some other reason?  Although I don't know any of the details,
failure in a space flight is not necessarily always the result
of stupidity or sloth.  Space flight is still a giant experiment,
where some amount of failure is inevitable.

> sro
> S. Ron Oliver, semi-retired professor of Computer Science and Computer
> Engineering.
> Tired of sucky software! ?  Check out and follow the
> links to software sucks and The Oliver Academy.

-Tucker Taft  [log in to unmask]