January 31, 2013

Lift rockets play a major role in supporting space exploration efforts, as their ability to support launch functions and propel craft deep into space is essential to making travel beyond the Earth's atmosphere possible. However, limitations in rocket systems have made it difficult to support deep space exploration. NASA recently released approximately $2.3 million in funding to nine different academic institutions working to resolve lift rocket limitations, Space-Travel.com reported.

Todd May, Space Launch System program manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, told the news source that NASA has already made progress on the early stages of the SLS plan, but is using the outside help to cost-effectively develop a better version of the rocket.

"The work being done today on SLS is a national and collaborative effort. With faculties and students engaged now, we look forward to creative, innovative and more affordable strategies to guide development of the next-generation heavy-lift launch vehicle," May told Space-Travel.com.

These types of systems are among the most important applications for advanced embedded software systems. The right software can unlock capabilities that would be impossible without the added functionality. However, extensive testing plays a vital role in making avionics software usable, as incredibly high operational standards must be met before software can be used.

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