NASA is planning a huge computing upgrade for its next space missions


NASA has selected Microchip Technology to develop a High-Performance Spaceflight Computing (HPSC)  processor it says will provide at least 100 times the computational capacity of current spaceflight computers. 

NASA’s spaceflight computing may be in dire need of an upgrade, as current systems “were developed almost 30 years ago” according to Wesley Powell, NASA’s principal technologist for advanced avionics, and “future NASA missions demand significantly increased onboard computing capabilities and reliability”.



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