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Lessons Learned Resurrecting Obsolete Computers [message #4098] Sat, 14 December 2019 21:27
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Ground System Planning for Long Duration Space Missions Helped by Lessons Learned Resurrecting Obsolete Computers

Multi-decade space missions face a new challenge--
planning to keep the ground system operational for decades.
While early planning for such items as the availability of
spare components, accurately documenting the "as-built"
configuration of the system, and transition planning for key
individuals with unique knowledge are vital to longevity
planning, eventually some aspect of the system will no
longer be functional. Resurrecting a decade old system in
hardware, or as a software simulation, may well become the
only methods of assuring ground system functionality.
With few resources available on lessons learned in the
resurrection of decade-old technology specifically to
support ongoing mission operations, alternative sources for
lessons were discovered in an unlikely arena -- the online
world of "Retro-Computing".

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