Software Engineering and Standardisation
The section has expertise in software methods, tools, architectures and standards.
The section’s responsibilities cover the whole software life cycle, with emphasis on the early phases such as system-software co-engineering, requirements engineering, design, coding languages and compiler environment, automation of code generation and validation test generation.
Several R&D studies are delivering building blocks for potential use in generic architectures.
The section is deeply involved in software standardisation, both for internal ESA standards through the co-chairmanship of the BSSC (Board for Software Standardisation and Control), and for external software standards – mainly with ECSS (European Cooperation for Space Standardisation) and sometimes with ISO.
The section supports many space projects, including Galileo (space and ground segments), EGNOS, microgravity experiments and payloads of the space station, ATV, ExoMars, Vega and Ariane 5.
Last update: 20 July 2009