How NASA designs for space exploration

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In the Human Interfaces Group at the  Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we build software for people, just like you probably do. We believe in user-centred design, evidence over opinion, and the importance of learning quickly through sketches and prototypes. Time and budget are always constraints. Sometimes the speed of light is a constraint, too.

You see, some aspects of our work are a little unusual. We’re a federally funded lab that exists to accomplish the near-impossible on a regular basis. In short: enterprise software for space exploration.  

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At the time of writing Jesse was a senior design lead in the Human Interfaces Group at JPL, where he created next generation interfaces for science and space exploration. He's now a senior software engineer at Netflix.