Presentation: "In space, no one can hear you scream: Software Development at the Final Frontier"

Time: Thursday 10:30 - 11:20

Location: Seacliff AB

Silicon Valley startups are small,fast, lean. Aerospace companies can be big and slow and stodgy. Skybox Imaging is a Silicon Valley startup that's building a constellation of satellites to deliver high-resolution earth images.

Our story is about distributed, heterogeneous systems and Big Data Hadoop clusters. It's a story in which Waterfall meets Test-Driven Development and Continuous Delivery. It's about QA, DevOps and Mission Operations. It’s about developing software and designing and building hardware – some of which flies in space.

At Skybox, we tear down walls. In this talk I will describe some of those walls and how we have dealt with them – or not! We will look at the road ahead and the technical, cultural and logistical challenges we'll face as we build a sustainable, scalable organization.

John Tangney, Senior Software Engineer, Skybox Imaging

 John  Tangney

John Tangney is Senior Software Engineer at Skybox Imaging. He takes Software Craftsmanship seriously and is consummate geek who equates refactoring with entertainment. John has designed and written software for Fortune 100 companies and over a dozen startups across three continents. He has used any number of technologies and languages in a plethora of domains, and has always yearned to be involved in space programs. During the Space Shuttle program, his daughters would tease him for watching live coverage on NASA-TV. He still gets a chill every time he types a variable name like “spacecraftId”.