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Integrated framework of development and assessment standards for space systems

: Miyamoto, Yuko; Katahira, Masa; Münch, Jürgen; Ocampo, Alexis

Falessi, Davide (Ed.); Heidrich, Jens (Ed.):
Product focused software process improvement. PROFES 2008 - Short Paper Session Proceedings : 9th International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement, June 23 - 25 2008, Frascati - Monteporzio Catone Rome, Italy
Rom, 2008
ISBN: 978-88-95244-13-6
International Conference on Product Focused Software Process Improvement (PROFES) <9, 2008, Monte Porzio Catone>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IESE ()
software process; process assessment; process improvement; process model; quality assurance; space system; process assessment model; Jaxa

The functionality and complexity implemented by software in spacecrafts are ever increasing. Consequently, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) invests into maintaining the quality of software high enough, by continuously verifying the quality of artifacts during system development and intensively testing the delivered product. One special situation appears during software development for satellites. In this situation, some suppliers are in charge of both hardware and software development, and therefore, delivery to JAXA takes place only at the end of hardware-software integration. This means that typical reviews (interface between supplier and JAXA) cannot take place during development due to practical reasons. In such cases, monitoring and evaluation becomes complicated. This paper presents the strategy that JAXA has defined for facing these cases, which consists of the definition of a standards framework and the introduction of process assessments.