Now on the
This illustration of NASA’s SpaceCube 2.0 Hybrid Science Data Processor (Flight Model) shows the slot for the processor card – featuring a Peregrine UltraCMOS® power management solution – that helps achieve a reduction in size and an order-of-magnitude increase in processing power over SpaceCube 1.0. Courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
The Goddard Space Flight Center’s SpaceCube systems are “next generation,” on-board science-data processors for space missions. The SpaceCube provides 10-100 times the standard on-board computing power while lowering relative power consumption and cost. The DoD Space Test Program-Houston 4-ISS SpaceCube Experiment 2.0 (STP-H4-ISE 2.0) marks the maiden voyage of the SpaceCube 2.0 model, which achieved a design goal of reducing the PCB card size of the previous model from 8” by 6” to 7” by 4” and increasing processing speed. The extra performance and smaller size enable SpaceCube 2.0 to support four HD cameras and the “FireStation” heliophysics instrumentation package, which detects and measures terrestrial gamma-ray flashes from lightning and thunderstorms.