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 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.
Two days after the Spaceborne Computer is launched on the SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft, the system reaches the ISS.
With the system securely in place aboard the ISS, astronauts conduct the physical installation and power up the Spaceborne Computer.
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.
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.
During the past month, the Spaceborne Computer has been operating nominally, completing over 300 benchmark experiments and successfully dealing with two anomalies.
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.
At the annual ISS R&D Conference, Bill Mannel accepts the 2018 ISS Innovation Award in Technology Development and Demonstration for the Spaceborne Computer.
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.
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.
Astronauts aboard the ISS now have direct access to the supercomputing capabilities of the Spaceborne Computer.
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.