Smartphone Technology Brings Satellites More Computing Power

OPS-SAT research satellite (Credit: ESA)
  • DLR is developing distributed and heterogeneous on-board computers for future space missions.
  • Combination of radiation-resistant and commercially available processors that monitor each other and redistribute tasks in the event of an error.
  • Successful experiment with Earth observation data on an ESA test satellite.
  • Focus: space travel, earth observation, technology

COLOGNE, Germany (DLR PR) — Reliable and powerful computers play a central role in space travel: computer systems in satellites, for example, enable demanding earth observation missions. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is developing a new computer architecture that is intended to give the so-called on-board computers (OBC) more power and also enable them to repair themselves. Distributed heterogeneous OBCs are being developed in the ScOSA (Scalable On-Board Computing for Space Avionics) flight experiment project. You have different computing nodes connected as a network.


DLR and NASA Jointly De­vel­op­ing Soft­ware Pack­age for Quan­tum Com­put­ers

  • The software will be open source.
  • A module from the DLR research group can be used to explore quantum computing for applications such as flight route optimisation or satellite missions planning.
  • Focus: Quantum technology, quantum computing, digitalisation, aerospace

COLOGNE, Germany (DLR PR) — The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are collaborating on a software library that will make it possible to use today’s quantum computers to explore the potential of quantum computing to solve real-world aerospace application problems.