Accelerating Space Exploration with the HPE Spaceborne Computer

HPE and NASA collaborate to put a commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) supercomputer aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The ultimate goal? 

Prove the technology's ability to operate in the harsh conditions of space while performing data center-level compute processing at the edge.

Spaceborne’s journey

HPE and NASA collaborated to test if affordable, off the shelf servers could withstand the harsh conditions of space and provide reliable computing aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Highlights of this collaborative journey include:


HPE Spaceborne Computer Successfully Reaches and Powers Up in Space


HPE Spaceborne Computer Open for Supercomputing Use on the ISS


HPE Spaceborne Computer Returns to Earth


Next Version of HPE Spaceborne Computer Handed Over to NASA


Spaceborne Computer-2 Launched Into Space

Explore Spaceborne Computer’s continued journey

Solution components

The HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 will simulate computational loads during actual space travel via data intensive applications.

The following components serve as the foundation to simulate these loads.

HPE Edgeline Converged System

Delivering enterprise IT capabilities in a ruggedized system designed for the harsh operating environments found at the edge.

HPE ProLiant System

Delivering unmatched workload optimization, security, and automation.

HPE HPC Solutions

Continuously collaborating, building, validating, and delivering secure, innovative, production-level HPC solutions with leading-edge technologies and services.

HPE Serviceguard for Linux

Increasing uptime within a data center by protecting against faults and enabling downtime-free maintenance and upgrades.

Use the International Space Station as your own research lab!

HPE and the ISS National Lab invite proposals to perform experiments on the ISS utilizing the HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 (SBC-2).

Submit your proposal

Interested in participating? Send an e-mail to with the following information:

Give your name

Your full name

Tell us your organization

Your organization’s name and mission

Enter an explanation

One paragraph explaining your proposed experiment and why you are proposing it
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Past experiments

For 20 years, students have designed, built, launched, and operated their own experiments on the ISS doing such things as controlling robots, analyzing space imagery, communicating via radio from the ground to space and back, and conducting cutting-edge genetic research. Have an experiment you’d like to perform on the ISS? Perhaps your experiment will be next!

Learn more about past experiments

Take a closer look

Image analysis software run on ISS

On January 22, 2022, a new level of advanced onboard computing was enabled through the use of industry-standard, image analysis software ENVI, which demonstrated the ability to analyze Earth Observation data and other imagery in Space.

Cornell software enables 3D printing on space station

On January 1, 2022, modeling software created in the lab of Derek Warner was successfully tested aboard the International Space Station, demonstrating the potential ability for astronauts to fabricate their own components for equipment and other products through additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing.

Simulating a Failure Aboard the ISS and Recovering Within 30 Seconds

In October 2021, HPE completed the latest milestone in the Spaceborne journey: An experiment that simulated a compute failure in the Spaceborne Computer-2 environment and then, leveraging HPE Serviceguard for Linux, seamless and rapid recovery of the impacted application with no transaction or data loss - all within only 30 seconds!

Performing a trillion calculations per second by putting a teraflop system on the ISS

Bryan Dansberry, Education Specialist at NASA Johnson Space Center, and Mark Fernandez, Principal Investigator for the Spaceborne Computer-2 project at HPE, discuss the upcoming deployment of the Spaceborne Computer-2 project on the ISS and the benefits exascale computing will have on space research and missions to colonize other planets.

International Space Station - 20 years of continuous human presence

For nearly 20 years, astronauts have been continuously living and working onboard the ISS. These discoveries showcase the diversity of the research and technology development conducted onboard the space station over the last two decades—with some of this science supported by partners like HPE.

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