Popular Mechanics featured Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) Spaceborne Computer in an article published yesterday. The Spaceborne Computer, which represents the first long-term demonstration of supercomputing capabilities from a commercial off-the-shelf computer system on the International Space Station (ISS), achieved one year of successful operations on the ISS National Lab in September 2018.
Although the Spaceborne Computer was originally planned to return to Earth in early 2019, changes in the ISS cargo schedule resulting from the Soyuz launch anomaly in October 2018 led to an extended mission for the computer system. During its extended mission, the Spaceborne Computer has been available to investigators conducting research onboard the ISS National Lab, providing in-orbit data processing capabilities.
At last year’s ISS Research and Development Conference, HPE was awarded the 2018 ISS Innovation Award in Technology Development and Demonstration for their innovative work on the Spaceborne Computer. In a panel session at the conference, HPE’s Mark Fernandez, lead engineer for the Spaceborne Computer, discussed the Spaceborne Computer project and how HPE is further innovating technologies for space exploration (see the video below).
Learn more about the Spaceborne Computer in this blog post from HPE and in the related resources below.