Dr. Zowie has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
This may or may not be an appropriate question for the Monks... Has Perl been used before in a mission critical spaceflight application?
I am happy to report the successful flight of NASA sounding rocket 36.265, the Rapid Aquisition Imaging Spectrograph Experiment, which used Perl daemons talking over an on-bird LAN to synchronize and control all major instrument functions during the 5.5 minute active phase of the suborbital flight.
This may or may not actually be newsworthy to the Perl community, depending on whether anyone has done this sort of thing before. I haven't seen any references online to spaceflight applications of Perl, though I have spent some time googling poking around. Do any of you Monks know of previous use of Perl in space (for nontrivial things -- I assume it has been used in ISS, for example, in astronauts' personal laptops...)?