SpaceX launches HPE 'Spaceborne Computer' to the ISS
- Author: Rita Burton Aug 17, 2017,
Aug 17, 2017, 10:32
The lifespan of even the most sturdy computers and laptops is sized down to just a few months due to space travel and hence NASA has to send new laptops to International Space Station every few months.
The flight of the unmanned cargo ship Dragon cargo will take place from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This represents the 12th time that SpaceX has worked on resupplying this space station.
But the mission will also likely include a computer from Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Live launch converage of the SpaceX Nasa resupply CRS-12 mission will begin on NASA TV, the SpaceX website and SpaceX's hosted webcast on YouTube at 12:00PM EST (5:00PM BST) on Monday (14 August).
SpaceX has enjoyed another successful landing of another one of its Falcon 9 rockets.
On the other hand, the Falcon 9's first stage booster will endeavor to land at SpaceX's Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) located at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Dragon is scheduled to depart the space station in mid-September, returning more than 3,300 pounds of science, hardware and crew supplies to Earth. In other words, SpaceX has recovered the first stage during nearly 40% of all 38 Falcon 9 launches over the last 5 years. Instruments on board will enable the astronauts on the station to study cosmic ray particles, protein crystal growth, and stem cell-mediated recellularization.More news: First Top 25 poll paints unflattering picture of Group of Five conferences
Another experiment bound for the space station will test the viability of growing protein crystals in microgravity, where they can grow larger and in more ideal shapes.
SpaceX, the company known for reusing the material it uses in its rockets has also kept up that part in this rocket. Only two will fly on the early Dragon 2 flights, although the spacecraft can accommodate four.
As for SpaceX, after waiting a month for maintenance along the Eastern Range, the company will now commence another busy period of launches.
The rocket launch is set for 12:31pm ET, with a 70 percent chance of go conditions.
The whole idea behind this mission is that, right now, numerous calculations needed for space research are done on Earth-located laboratories, which means that it is necessary to send data from the space in order to be analysed.
A new experiment will test whether commercial computers can withstand radiation in space, and bring down costs for space exploration.