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The digital transformation of space

Learn how powerful technologies such as HPE's Spaceborne Computer-2 will make missions to the moon and Mars possible.

Anyone up for a trip to the moon—or Mars?

While that milestone may be a ways off—at least for most of us—next-generation AI and high-performance edge computers such as HPE's Spaceborne Computer-2 are laying the groundwork for such future missions and advancing our understanding of life in space. As Dr. Eng Lim Goh, HPE's senior vice president and chief technology officer for artificial intelligence, explains, the farther astronauts travel away from earth, the more self-reliant they'll need to be. That means their computer systems will have to process huge amounts of data locally, at the edge, to quickly answer questions and solve problems.

Such edge computing capabilities will also accelerate research on problems we face here at home—from the pandemic to climate change. In fact, many expect space to drive a whole new crop of tech innovations: 3D printers, onboard supercomputers, small satellites, servers built for the harsh conditions in space, and even GPS systems for space navigation.

But challenges remain. For one, we'll need to address the health risks for humans in space. And there's also the need for more funding and STEM education, as well as social and political guidelines. All these factors and more will play a part in our quest to someday answer the question: Is there life in space?

Read these stories to learn more about the ways AI, high-performance edge computing, and other technologies will make our future travels in space possible.

Mission to Mars: How edge computing will make it possible

Astronauts traveling to Mars will need technology that provides quick, on-the-spot answers to critical questions—and phoning home from 250 million miles away won't be an option. That's where next-gen AI and high-performance edge computers like HPE's Spaceborne Computer-2 will play a key role.

Why on earth should we care about space?

HPE launched Spaceborne Computer-2 to the International Space Station earlier this year with some bold goals, including sending astronauts to Mars and even reducing wildfires on earth. Dr. Goh explains how the next-generation system will enable high-performance computing at the edge—250 million miles from earth—and the advances that will bring.

One giant leap for edge computing

With twice the computing power of its predecessor, Spaceborne Computer-2 will support missions to, and potential colonization of, the moon and Mars. It will also advance critical research in areas such as human biology and climate change, thanks to high-performance edge computing and AI capabilities.

Spaceborne Computer-2: Computing on the edge of the final frontier

In this Q&A, technology visionary Kirk Bresniker details the mission of Spaceborne Computer-2 and how the NASA-HPE collaboration will lead to a better understanding of the possibilities of high-performance edge computing in space.

Beyond space travel: How HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 will help earthlings

In this episode of HPE Tech Talk, Michael Roberts, interim chief scientist at the ISS National Laboratory, discusses the objectives of the space station, what happens there, and how Spaceborne Computer-2 will deliver state-of-the-art AI and edge computing capabilities to better support those activities—along with a bunch of new projects that will benefit us here on earth.

The future of GPS

A new round of GPS satellites are providing better positioning accuracy via a new set of atomic clocks carried aboard each satellite. Because the systems have more transmitter power, GPS reception is more reliable, even indoors and in dense urban areas. Other improvements include the first adaptations to improve the use of GPS in space navigation. Yes. Space navigation.

Science: Is there life in space?

Scientific missions are seeking to answer the question, "What's out there?" Life could be discovered in our own solar system as NASA and others set their sights on Juniper's Europa, Saturn's Enceladus, and Mars. And astrobiologists may find life on other planets too, but it's not clear whether they will know it when they see it.

5 things we need to conquer to accelerate space exploration

Sure, seeing Planet Earth in the rear-view mirror would be pretty cool. But opening up space travel remains a massive challenge for both governments and the private sector. Reliable data transmission, more STEM education, more funding, solutions to mitigate health risks, and social and political guidelines are just some of the things needed to make space exploration a reality.

4 ways to get lost in space

When space exploration partners with high-performance computing, the results are out of this world. But advancements are accelerating at warp speed, so it's easy to miss the latest achievements. Catch up on what's going on in zero gravity.

4 cool ways tech firms are leveraging the International Space Station

3D printers. An onboard supercomputer. Small satellites. Servers tuned for harsh conditions. Tech companies are jumping on the opportunity to send their products into space. Will the next wave of Silicon Valley innovations be space-driven? Panelists at an International Space Station R&D conference think so.

The space junk conundrum: Orbital debris remediation

More than 100 million pieces of debris are circling our planet in low Earth orbit, or LEO, where most satellites, the International Space Station, and the Hubble telescope reside. That's a problem. The good news is that NASA is working to address that—as well as deal with the rare occasion when the space junk falls to earth.

The space station's new supercomputer

For its first Spaceborne Computer mission to the International Space Station, Hewlett Packard Enterprise wanted to build a functional supercomputer for operation in space without the time and expense of hardening it the traditional way. Instead, it used off-the-shelf servers and custom-built software. The result? "Blast off!"

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