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

Aug 14,
2017

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.

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The Spaceborne Computer Reaches the ISS

Aug 16,
2017

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

HPE’s Spaceborne Computer Successfully Powers Up in Space

Sep 14,
2017

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

One Teraflop is Achieved!

Sep 14,
2017

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.

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The Spaceborne Computer Faces its First Anomaly

Sep 25,
2017

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.

One Month On and Going Strong

Oct 14,
2017

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

Six Month Since Launch

Feb 14,
2018

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.

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