Dr. Peter Chapin (Vermont Technical College) receives ACM SIGAda 2017 Robert Dewar Award

by brukardt

The ARA congratulates Dr. Peter Chapin on his receipt of ACM SIGAda’s Robert Dewar Award, which acknowledges outstanding contributions to the Ada community. Dr. Chapin was a major contributor to the Vermont Tech Lunar CubeSat project ( whose software was written in SPARK/Ada. The Vermont Tech CubeSat was launched in November 2013 and successfully completed its full two-year mission, the only one out of twelve academic CubeSats to do so. Dr. Chapin attributes the software’s reliability in large part to the SPARK/Ada technology, which was used to prove the absence of run-time errors.

Dr. Chapin is now coordinating the work on CubedOS, a SPARK/Ada implementation of a software framework for small spacecraft, with plans to release the result as an open-source project. Other groups will thus have access to a high-integrity software base for their CubeSats, which currently have a very high failure rate.

Dr. Chapin is the co-author, along with Prof. John McCormick, of “Building High Intergrity Applications with SPARK”, a student-oriented textbook on SPARK 2014.

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