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A Case Study in DSL Development: An Experiment With Python and Scala

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This paper describes an experiment performed with developing a Domain Specific Language (DSL) for monitoring and control of the launch platform for future Constellation rockets at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. The Constellation project has been conceived as NASA's replacement of the current aging space shuttle program, with the extended objective of sending humans back to the moon, and subsequently to Mars. The DSL effort was specifically performed for the NASA Constellation Launch Control System (LCS) project. The main experiment was performed using simulators of the existing space shuttle launch platform, and included designing and implementing a prototype in the Python programming language, chosen for its succinct notation.

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