"Eight people and a dozen laptops were crammed into a tiny
windowless conference room at 5 p.m. last Monday. On the laptops:
untested code. On the conference table: piles of silicon and metal.
On the people's minds: escalating, deadline-induced panic.
"But by 2:30 a.m., data was being transmitted wirelessly to what
had become a laptop-based flight control center for a
Linux-controlled rocket. The aircraft was a few steps closer to
blasting off into the upper atmosphere.
"Project leaders Andrew Greenberg and Brian O'Neel breathed a
sigh of relief--finally they had some assurance that they weren't,
as Greenberg put it, 'going to look like complete idiots' when they
present the team's research this week at Usenix 2003, a major
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