Rocket to put su­per­com­puter into or­bit

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Space Ex­plo­ration Tech­nolo­gies Corp. will carry a Hewlett-Packard En­ter­prise Co. com­put­ing sys­tem that is de­signed to last longer and help pave the way for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of space travel, such as the journey to Mars.

SpaceX will take the sys­tem, a box that can process data from ex­per­i­ments, on its Dragon Space­craft that will be launched from Cape Canaveral on Aug. 14 to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion.

Other com­put­ing sys­tems used in space have to be re­placed fre­quently be­cause the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions caused them to de­grade, a spokesman for Hewlett Packard said. Its Space­borne Com­puter is de­signed to last for a year, which it says is roughly the amount of time it would take to travel to Mars. NASA aims to send hu­mans to Mars in the 2030s.

“A mis­sion to Mars will re­quire so­phis­ti­cated on-board com­put­ing re­sources that are ca­pa­ble of ex­tended pe­ri­ods of up­time,” Alain An­dreoli, se­nior vice pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager at Hewlett Packard’s Data Cen­ter In­fra­struc­ture Group, said in a blog post.

“To meet these re­quire­ments, we need to im­prove tech­nol­ogy’s vi­a­bil­ity in space in or­der to bet­ter en­sure mis­sion suc­cess,” An­dreoli said. “By send­ing a su­per­com­puter to space, [HP En­ter­prise] is tak­ing the first step in that di­rec­tion.”

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