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SpacePug: How Python 3 Launched The First Pug In Space




When the Soviets launched Laika the dog into space in 1957, the first question on many minds was, "but when will a pug be in space?" That time is now thanks to the Animal Aeronautics and Space Administration's latest multi-bazillion bitcoin project, SpacePug.

All of SpacePug's systems run on Python 3, and this talk aims to explain the choice for 3, the introduction of a new library, and detailed discussion of a new test runner. Complete with a live demo, you'll get to see what goes into sending the crew of three - officers Buster and Tobias, lead by Captain Barry Zuckerkorn - into space.


Built entirely on Python 3, the SpacePug project is one of the first major projects to run on Python 3, and it's the first to launch pugs into orbit.

Why Python 3?

Years ago, developers made an attempt to build a system on Python 2, but they found that it just wasn't good enough to launch a dog into space, let alone a pug. One of the first problems they encountered was the GIL and the fact that the thrust controllers didn't perform well enough to launch a dog of short, stocky stature. After switching to Python 3.2, which has an improved implementation of the GIL, the thrust controller performed so much better that analysis shows pugs could potentially join the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars.

The astropugs are able to communicate back to mission control via a special keyboard to speak their language, represented in a previously unassigned Unicode plane. While developing the communications systems, the developers found that Python 3's distinction between bytes and text makes their code more readable and easier to understand. They prepared benchmarks comparing a Python 2.7 implementation against a Python 3.3 implementation to show the 3.3 version is more memory efficient thanks to PEP 393.

A new library: multipugging

Early versions of the project only supported one pug per spacecraft. Feeding and cleaning up after multiple pugs was a significant issue, so much that early testing sent the engineers back to the drawing board to start from scratch. In comes multipugging, a system to control multiple feeders and cleaners, removing the common bottleneck of dealing with the needs of multiple pugs in orbit.

This talk will show a live demo of multipugging scaling out to feed 16 pugs at once.

A new test runner: treadmill

Everyone knows the first thing a project should do is write their own test runner, so we did just that with treadmill. It's like putting a pug on a treadmill, but for code.


SpacePug is entirely open source software. You can check out the source tree at

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