Accelerating space exploration with the Spaceborne Computer

Manned missions further out in our solar system will require sophisticated computing capabilities to cut down on communication latencies and ensure astronauts’ survival. In an effort to advance these missions, HPE and NASA launched a supercomputer aboard the SpaceX CRS-12 rocket destined for the International Space Station (ISS) to study the technology's ability to operate in the harsh conditions of space. Learn more about the Spaceborne Computer’s continued journey below and be sure to check back to discover more about new milestones we're achieving.

HPE Sends the Spaceborne Computer into Space

HPE launches the Spaceborne Computer as part of a year-long experiment with NASA to test how well a supercomputer can operate under the harsh conditions of space.

Aug 14, 2017
The Spaceborne Computer Reaches the ISS

Two days after the Spaceborne Computer is launched on the SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft, the system reaches the ISS.

Aug 16, 2017
HPE’s Spaceborne Computer Successfully Powers Up in Space

With the system securely in place aboard the ISS, astronauts conduct the physical installation and power up the Spaceborne Computer.

Sep 14, 2017
One Teraflop is Achieved!

The high performance computing benchmark tests are performed, in which the Spaceborne Computer achieves over one trillion calculations per second, also known as one teraflop.

Sep 14, 2017
The Spaceborne Computer Faces its First Anomaly

Two weeks after the Spaceborne Computer has been powered on, it encounters its first anomaly and the software reacts as designed to restore nominal performance.

Sep 25, 2017
One Month On and Going Strong

During the past month, the Spaceborne Computer has been operating nominally, completing over 300 benchmark experiments and successfully dealing with two anomalies.

Oct 14, 2017
Six Months Since Launch

The Spaceborne Computer had a busy first few months, passing numerous benchmarking tests and operating efficiently despite an emergency shutdown due to a false fire alarm.

Feb 14, 2018
Spaceborne Computer Wins ISS Award

At the annual ISS R&D Conference, Bill Mannel accepts the 2018 ISS Innovation Award in Technology Development and Demonstration for the Spaceborne Computer.

Jul 26, 2018
Anniversary of the Spaceborne Computer Launch

In the one year since its launch, the Spaceborne Computer has completed hundreds of test to determine how the harsh conditions of space affect supercomputing technology. Soon it will come home, where our team will uncover more learnings from its time aboard the International Space Station.

Aug 14, 2018
One Year Aboard the International Space Station

It’s officially one year since the Spaceborne Computer arrived aboard the ISS and achieved one teraflop in space. Soon, it will be on its way home.

Sep 14, 2018
Spaceborne Computer Now Open for Supercomputing Use on the ISS

Astronauts aboard the ISS now have direct access to the supercomputing capabilities of the Spaceborne Computer.

Nov 01, 2018
HPE’s Spaceborne Computer Returns to Earth

The Spaceborne Computer returns to Earth after successfully completing its one-year mission aboard the International Space Station, pioneering the use of high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) in space for humanity’s future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Jun 03, 2019