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Open source: a space oddityMatthew Aslett, July 22, 2009 @ 4:57 am ET
Earlier this week Google announced that to commemorate the 40 year anniversary of the moon landing, the Apollo 11 Command Module code (Comanche054) and Lunar Module code (Luminary099) have been transcribed from scanned images to run on yaAGC (an open source AGC emulator) and that the source code was now available for developers to study the software that played a part in man walking on the moon.
Fascinating stuff, although it seems to me Google is missing a trick here. Shouldn’t we be using this code as the basis for an open source collaborative effort to return man to the lunar surface? With the combined brainpower of the open source community surely it should be possible to create an open source implementation of Apollo 11?
We’ve got the Command Module and Lunar Module code, and let’s not forget that the the avionics software that will power the Ares I rocket being built by Boeing for future moon missions will be open source.
Mark Shuttleworth has already been into space, so he can be in charge of navigation (he’s also loaded so I’m sure he wouldn’t mind chucking in a few quid for fuel). I’ll make the sandwiches.
If all else fails, I know someone who owns a lock-up outside Deptford. We can go and film a mock-up moon landing there instead – no one will suspect anything. Who’s with me?
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