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Human and Robotic Space Mission Use Cases for High-Performance Spaceflight ComputingSpaceflight computing is a key resource in NASA space missions and a core determining factor of spacecraft capability, with ripple effects throughout the spacecraft, end-to-end system, and mission. Onboard computing can be aptly viewed as a "technology multiplier" in that advances provide direct dramatic improvements in flight functions and capabilities across the NASA mission classes, and enable new flight capabilities and mission scenarios, increasing science and exploration return. Space-qualified computing technology, however, has not advanced significantly in well over ten years and the current state of the practice fails to meet the near- to mid-term needs of NASA missions. Recognizing this gap, the NASA Game Changing Development Program (GCDP), under the auspices of the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate, commissioned a study on space-based computing needs, looking out 15-20 years. The study resulted in a recommendation to pursue high-performance spaceflight computing (HPSC) for next-generation missions, and a decision to partner with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) in this development.
Document ID
20150008055
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Some, Raphael
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Doyle, Richard
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Bergman, Larry
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Whitaker, William
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Powell, Wesley
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Johnson, Michael
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Goforth, Montgomery
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Lowry, Michael
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
May 13, 2015
Publication Date
August 19, 2013
Subject Category
Computer Systems
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Spacecraft Instrumentation And Astrionics
Meeting Information
AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2013 Conference(Boston, MA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
use cases
flight computing
requirements
multicore
Onboard computing

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