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Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation by Mark Fewster, Dorothy Graham

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Chapter 25. System-of-Systems Test Automation at NATS

Mike BaxterNick FlynnChristopher WillsMichael Smith

Mike Baxter, Nick Flynn, Christopher Wills, and Michael Smith describe the automation of testing for NATS (formerly called National Air Traffic Services Ltd.). Among its other responsibilities, NATS provides air traffic control services for the airspace over the eastern North Atlantic Ocean. Testing a safety-critical system where lives are at stake requires a careful approach, and the requirements included special technical factors, human factors, and commercial considerations. The tool used was able to test the software without affecting it, and it was also useful in some unexpected ways, such as in training. The authors provide a helpful ...

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