Space exploration is getting even more technologically advanced! Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) just announced it is "accelerating space exploration and increasing self-sufficiency for astronauts by enabling real-time data processing with advanced commercial edge computing in space for the first time."
Using HPE’s Spaceborne Computer-2 (SBC-2), an edge-computing system, astronauts will be able to significantly increase the speed at which they conduct their experiments.
"The most important benefit to delivering reliable in-space computing with Spaceborne Computer-2 is making real-time insights a reality. Space explorers can now transform how they conduct research based on readily available data and improve decision-making,” said in a statement Dr. Mark Fernandez, solution architect, Converged Edge Systems at HPE, and principal investigator for Spaceborne Computer-2.
“We are honored to make edge computing in space possible and through our longstanding partnerships with NASA and the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, we are looking forward to powering new, exciting research opportunities to make breakthrough discoveries for humanity.”
Spaceborne Computer-2 is built for harsh, remote environments on Earth such as oil and gas refineries, manufacturing plants, and/or defense missions. As such, it is ideal for use in space. The system will also be equipped with coupled with the HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Systems.
Onboard processing power
"Edge computing provides core capabilities for unique sites that have limited or no connectivity, giving them the power to process and analyze data locally and make critical decisions quickly. With HPE Edgeline, we deliver solutions that are purposely engineered for harsh environments,” said Shelly Anello, General Manager, Converged Edge Systems at HPE.
"As we embark on our next mission in edge computing, we stand ready to power the harshest, most unique edge experience of them all: outer space."
Some of the experiments that this new venture will empower include modeling dust storms on Earth, medical imaging using ultrasound, and analyzing lightning strike patterns.