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Mars Rover Controlled By Java

Java, the software developed by Sun Microsystems in the mid-1990s as a
universal operating system for Internet applications, gave NASA a low-cost
and easy-to-use option for running Spirit, the robotic rover that rolled
onto the planet's surface on Thursday in search of signs of water and life.

http://news.com.com/2100-1007_3-5142...l?tag=nefd_top

l8r, Mike N. Christoff

Jul 17 '05
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"Rick Osborn" <ri************ @yahoo.com> wrote in message <news:27******* *************** ****@posting.go ogle.com>...
I think they should turn it off and turn it on again.


They need to reinstall Winblows...

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WARNING: I cannot be held responsible for the above They're coming to
because my cats have apparently learned to type. take me away, ha ha!
Jul 17 '05 #101
On Thu, 22 Jan 2004 13:32:55 GMT, "Rod Davison"
<cr*****@rogers .remove.com> wrote:
Actually, academic debate aside, the success of the rover so far is a
welcome shot in the arm for the space program, especially after the
shuttle tragedy and previous Mars mission failures. In the cold harsh
light of the pragmatic dawn, if the rover works to spec, then using java
was a good decision, if not, then it was a poor decision. To quote the
scribe: all else is commentary.


Or perhaps more to the point, not using Java was a good decision!
hint: in case you missed it, the rover doesn't use any Java code, the
Java is all for manipulating the data received back from the Rover.

-------------
Tony Hill
hilla <underscore> 20 <at> yahoo <dot> ca
Jul 17 '05 #102
On Thu, 22 Jan 2004 13:32:55 GMT, "Rod Davison"
<cr*****@rogers .remove.com> wrote:
Actually, academic debate aside, the success of the rover so far is a
welcome shot in the arm for the space program, especially after the
shuttle tragedy and previous Mars mission failures. In the cold harsh
light of the pragmatic dawn, if the rover works to spec, then using java
was a good decision, if not, then it was a poor decision. To quote the
scribe: all else is commentary.


Or perhaps more to the point, not using Java was a good decision!
hint: in case you missed it, the rover doesn't use any Java code, the
Java is all for manipulating the data received back from the Rover.

-------------
Tony Hill
hilla <underscore> 20 <at> yahoo <dot> ca
Jul 17 '05 #103
"Michael N. Christoff" <mc********@sym patico.caREMOVE THIS> wrote in message <news:LJ******* *************@n ews20.bellgloba l.com>...
"This is a serious problem. This is an extremely serious anomaly," said Pete
Theisinger Spirit project manager.
"There is no single fault that explains all the observables."

"...but Spirit was only transmitting "pseudo-noise", a random series of
zeroes and ones in binary code and not anything the scientists could
decipher."


"This behavior is by design."

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WARNING: I cannot be held responsible for the above They're coming to
because my cats have apparently learned to type. take me away, ha ha!
Jul 17 '05 #104
"Michael N. Christoff" <mc********@sym patico.caREMOVE THIS> wrote in message <news:LJ******* *************@n ews20.bellgloba l.com>...
"This is a serious problem. This is an extremely serious anomaly," said Pete
Theisinger Spirit project manager.
"There is no single fault that explains all the observables."

"...but Spirit was only transmitting "pseudo-noise", a random series of
zeroes and ones in binary code and not anything the scientists could
decipher."


"This behavior is by design."

--
Joe Foster <mailto:jlfoste r%40znet.com> Got Thetans? <http://www.xenu.net/>
WARNING: I cannot be held responsible for the above They're coming to
because my cats have apparently learned to type. take me away, ha ha!
Jul 17 '05 #105
"Tony Hill" <hi************ *@yahoo.ca> wrote in message <news:3d******* *************** ********@news.1 usenet.com>...
On Thu, 22 Jan 2004 13:32:55 GMT, "Rod Davison"
<cr*****@rogers .remove.com> wrote:
Actually, academic debate aside, the success of the rover so far is a
welcome shot in the arm for the space program, especially after the
shuttle tragedy and previous Mars mission failures. In the cold harsh
light of the pragmatic dawn, if the rover works to spec, then using java
was a good decision, if not, then it was a poor decision. To quote the
scribe: all else is commentary.


Or perhaps more to the point, not using Java was a good decision!
hint: in case you missed it, the rover doesn't use any Java code, the
Java is all for manipulating the data received back from the Rover.


The rover was programmed with Visual Basic 6.0, but Windows Update
zapped the MSVBVM60.DLL run-time. Obviously, all VB applications
should already have been trashed, redesigned, and rewritten in .NyET!

--
Joe Foster <mailto:jlfoste r%40znet.com> DC8s in Spaace: <http://www.xenu.net/>
WARNING: I cannot be held responsible for the above They're coming to
because my cats have apparently learned to type. take me away, ha ha!
Jul 17 '05 #106
"Tony Hill" <hi************ *@yahoo.ca> wrote in message <news:3d******* *************** ********@news.1 usenet.com>...
On Thu, 22 Jan 2004 13:32:55 GMT, "Rod Davison"
<cr*****@rogers .remove.com> wrote:
Actually, academic debate aside, the success of the rover so far is a
welcome shot in the arm for the space program, especially after the
shuttle tragedy and previous Mars mission failures. In the cold harsh
light of the pragmatic dawn, if the rover works to spec, then using java
was a good decision, if not, then it was a poor decision. To quote the
scribe: all else is commentary.


Or perhaps more to the point, not using Java was a good decision!
hint: in case you missed it, the rover doesn't use any Java code, the
Java is all for manipulating the data received back from the Rover.


The rover was programmed with Visual Basic 6.0, but Windows Update
zapped the MSVBVM60.DLL run-time. Obviously, all VB applications
should already have been trashed, redesigned, and rewritten in .NyET!

--
Joe Foster <mailto:jlfoste r%40znet.com> DC8s in Spaace: <http://www.xenu.net/>
WARNING: I cannot be held responsible for the above They're coming to
because my cats have apparently learned to type. take me away, ha ha!
Jul 17 '05 #107
Joe "Nuke Me Xemu" Foster wrote:
"Tony Hill" <hi************ *@yahoo.ca> wrote in message <news:3d******* *************** ********@news.1 usenet.com>...

On Thu, 22 Jan 2004 13:32:55 GMT, "Rod Davison"
<cr*****@roge rs.remove.com> wrote:
Actually, academic debate aside, the success of the rover so far is a
welcome shot in the arm for the space program, especially after the
shuttle tragedy and previous Mars mission failures. In the cold harsh
light of the pragmatic dawn, if the rover works to spec, then using java
was a good decision, if not, then it was a poor decision. To quote the
scribe: all else is commentary.


Or perhaps more to the point, not using Java was a good decision!
hint: in case you missed it, the rover doesn't use any Java code, the
Java is all for manipulating the data received back from the Rover.

The rover was programmed with Visual Basic 6.0, but Windows Update
zapped the MSVBVM60.DLL run-time. Obviously, all VB applications
should already have been trashed, redesigned, and rewritten in .NyET!

--
Joe Foster <mailto:jlfoste r%40znet.com> DC8s in Spaace: <http://www.xenu.net/>
WARNING: I cannot be held responsible for the above They're coming to
because my cats have apparently learned to type. take me away, ha ha!


Maybe they should have used java....

Run the system through junit...

Engineers struggled to diagnose what was wrong with the rover. Among the
possible causes: a corruption of its software or computer memory.

Spirit is one-half of an $820 million mission. Its twin, Opportunity, is
expected to land on Mars late Saturday. The twin rovers are supposed to
examine the Red Planet's dry rocks and soil for evidence that it was
once wetter and more hospitable to life.

java.lang.Rover Exception(line: 10,345)
Dope?

Jul 17 '05 #108
Joe "Nuke Me Xemu" Foster wrote:
"Tony Hill" <hi************ *@yahoo.ca> wrote in message <news:3d******* *************** ********@news.1 usenet.com>...

On Thu, 22 Jan 2004 13:32:55 GMT, "Rod Davison"
<cr*****@roge rs.remove.com> wrote:
Actually, academic debate aside, the success of the rover so far is a
welcome shot in the arm for the space program, especially after the
shuttle tragedy and previous Mars mission failures. In the cold harsh
light of the pragmatic dawn, if the rover works to spec, then using java
was a good decision, if not, then it was a poor decision. To quote the
scribe: all else is commentary.


Or perhaps more to the point, not using Java was a good decision!
hint: in case you missed it, the rover doesn't use any Java code, the
Java is all for manipulating the data received back from the Rover.

The rover was programmed with Visual Basic 6.0, but Windows Update
zapped the MSVBVM60.DLL run-time. Obviously, all VB applications
should already have been trashed, redesigned, and rewritten in .NyET!

--
Joe Foster <mailto:jlfoste r%40znet.com> DC8s in Spaace: <http://www.xenu.net/>
WARNING: I cannot be held responsible for the above They're coming to
because my cats have apparently learned to type. take me away, ha ha!


Maybe they should have used java....

Run the system through junit...

Engineers struggled to diagnose what was wrong with the rover. Among the
possible causes: a corruption of its software or computer memory.

Spirit is one-half of an $820 million mission. Its twin, Opportunity, is
expected to land on Mars late Saturday. The twin rovers are supposed to
examine the Red Planet's dry rocks and soil for evidence that it was
once wetter and more hospitable to life.

java.lang.Rover Exception(line: 10,345)
Dope?

Jul 17 '05 #109
ri************@ yahoo.com (Rick Osborn) writes:
I think they should turn it off and turn it on again.


It may be a bit hard to reach the on/off switch.

If I was to make such a vehicle, I woul dmake sure to allow it to be
rebooted by remote control even when the computer is in some undefined
state, e.g., by having a simple circuit listening to the incoming
signals and when a specific sequence occurs, reboot the main computer.

Torben
Jul 17 '05 #110

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