SpaceX by Elon Musk Prepares to Send HPE Supercomputer to Space

On Monday, August 14, 2017, SpaceX of Elon Musk sends its space cargo spaceship Dragon into space with a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) supercomputer on board. This supercomputer, called Spaceborne Computer, is part of a year-long experiment by HPE and NASA to run a high performing commercial computer system in space, which has never been done before.

The goal is that the system works perfectly in the challenging conditions of space for a year – roughly the time it will take to get to Mars.

Many of the calculations required for space research projects are still being carried out on Earth because of limited space – based computer capabilities, which creates a challenge when transmitting data to the Earth, Space, and space.

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On Monday, August 14, 2017, SpaceX of Elon Musk sends its space cargo spaceship Dragon into space with a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) supercomputer on board. This supercomputer, called Spaceborne Computer, is part of a year-long experiment by HPE and NASA to run a high performing commercial computer system in space, which has never been done before.

The goal is that the system works perfectly in the challenging conditions of space for a year – roughly the time it will take to get to Mars.

Many of the calculations required for space research projects are still being carried out on Earth because of limited space – based computer capabilities, which creates a challenge when transmitting data to the Earth, Space, and space.

Although this approach works for space exploration on the Moon or Low Earth Orbit where astronauts can be in near real-time communication with the Earth once they move farther and closer Of Mars, they will experience greater latencies of communication.

It may take up to 20 minutes for communications to reach Earth, then another 20 minutes for answers to arrive at the astronauts. Such a communication delay would make exploration in the field difficult and potentially dangerous if astronauts are faced with mission critical scenarios that they are not able to solve themselves.

Successful space exploration, Low earth orbit will only be possible after developing sophisticated onboard computer resources that will be able to extend the availability periods. For this to happen, the viability of space technology must be improved to ensure the survival of astronauts. By sending a supercomputer into space, HPE takes the first step in this direction.

As a general rule, for NASA to validate the sending of computers into space, systems must be “sturdy” or “hardened” to withstand the unique conditions of space. Indeed, radiation, solar flares, subatomic particles, micrometeorites, unstable electricity supply and irregular cooling are all factors that make the operation tricky.

This physical hardening takes time, money and adds weight. HPE took a different approach, and the system was “hardened” with software. It has also passed at least 146 safety tests and certifications in order to be approved by NASA to go into space.

Moon Can be Mined by Robots And Turn a Space Fuel Station

While NASA and some private companies – such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin – are already dreaming of the colonization of Mars, other companies are turning their eyes to stars closer to Earth.

Do not worry, this is not myopia about space exploration, but a journey that can broaden our knowledge about the moon and bring a good profit from the process.

According to Engadget, Moon Express has a daring plan for our natural satellite: start mining the lunar surface from 2020. The best? Using robots!

The idea is that the company’s first mission – which was originally set up for a Google sponsored competition – will be made by the end of this year and will pave the way for the construction of an outpost at the South Pole of the Moon.

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While NASA and some private companies – such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin – are already dreaming of the colonization of Mars, other companies are turning their eyes to stars closer to Earth.

Do not worry, this is not myopia about space exploration, but a journey that can broaden our knowledge about the moon and bring a good profit from the process.

According to Engadget, Moon Express has a daring plan for our natural satellite: start mining the lunar surface from 2020. The best? Using robots!

The idea is that the company’s first mission – which was originally set up for a Google sponsored competition – will be made by the end of this year and will pave the way for the construction of an outpost at the South Pole of the Moon.

Once everything is in order, and the space company sets up there, robotic explorers must begin digging the region for water and minerals. When there is a good amount of material accumulated, a final mission will aim to bring that content to Earth. The project is expected to last about two to three years in its first space adventure.

The bad news? Rocket Lab, Moon Express’s partner in the venture, has not yet finished production of the Electron rocket, which is the main transport of the missions.

In addition, the company itself is still finalizing the MX-1E module, which is responsible for bringing groceries and returning with the minerals throughout the project. Any effort to complete these steps should yield dividends.

To begin with, selling lunar ore can be an extremely lucrative business, as three small satellite rocks sold by the Russians in 1993 cost more than $440,000 to the buyer – about $ 1.4 million.

Besides, the discovery of water at the lunar poles can make the site an actual space fuel station, since the element can be used to power rockets and to make trips to Mars much calmer and more common in the future.