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The Final Frontier's Final Frontier


One of the H6 systems dual high-resolution cameras.

The Space Test Program-Houston 6 hybrid and reconfigurable space supercomputer that will board the International Space Station in about a year contains dual high-resolution cameras capable of snapping 2.5K by 2K pixel images of Earth.

Credit: University of Pittsburgh News

The Space Test Program-Houston 6 (STP-H6) hybrid and reconfigurable space supercomputer will board the International Space Station (ISS) in about a year.

The newest mission to the ISS, featuring research and technology from the University of Pittsburgh's National Science Foundation Center for Space, High-performance, and Resilient Computing (SHREC), will bring an unprecedented amount of computing power into space.

The new space supercomputer is nearly three times more powerful than its predecessor launched last year, and contains dual high-resolution cameras capable of snapping 2.5K by 2K pixel images of Earth.

The system will remain at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for a year of integration and verification. When ready, it will travel to the ISS on a SpaceX rocket, marking the second time the university has had a payload on SpaceX technology.

From University of Pittsburgh News
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