HPE's Spaceborne Computer: Pioneering High-Performance Computing in Space


Staff member
May 18, 2022
Accelerating Space Exploration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Spaceborne Computer

In collaboration with NASA, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has embarked on a remarkable journey to advance space exploration. By launching a supercomputer aboard the SpaceX CRS-12 rocket, destined for the International Space Station (ISS), HPE aims to study the technology's ability to operate in the harsh conditions of space. Here's a detailed look at the Spaceborne Computer's journey and milestones:

1. Introduction to Spaceborne Computer
Manned missions further out in our solar system require sophisticated computing capabilities to cut down on communication latencies and ensure astronauts' survival. HPE's Spaceborne Computer is a pioneering initiative to meet these demands.

2. Key Milestones and Achievements
The Spaceborne Computer has achieved several significant milestones, including:

  • Image Analysis Software Run on the ISS (Jan 22, 2022)
  • Cornell Software Enables 3D Printing on the ISS (Jan 1, 2022)
  • Failover Experiment with HPE Serviceguard (Oct 7, 2021)
  • Spaceborne Computer-2 Successfully Powers Up (May 7, 2021)
  • First Ever In-Space Commercial Edge Computing and AI (Feb 11, 2021)
  • Return to the ISS with SBC-2 System (Nov 26, 2020)
  • NASA's Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal (Aug 28, 2019)
  • Spaceborne Computer Returns to Earth (Jun 3, 2019)
  • Supercomputing Use on the ISS (Nov 1, 2018)
  • One Year Aboard the ISS (Sep 14, 2018)
  • ISS Award and Other Milestones (2017-2018)

3. Impact and Future Prospects
The Spaceborne Computer has had a busy first few years, passing numerous benchmarking tests and operating efficiently despite challenges. It has pioneered the use of high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) in space, setting the stage for humanity's future missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

4. Conclusion
Hewlett Packard Enterprise's innovative journey with the Spaceborne Computer represents a significant step forward in space technology. By enabling advanced computing capabilities in the challenging environment of space, HPE is contributing to the advancement of space exploration and the potential for human habitation beyond Earth.

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