NASA plans massive computer upgrade for its next space missions

NASA has chosen Microchip Technology to develop a High-Performance Spaceflight Computing (HPSC) processor that it claims will provide at least 100 times the computing capacity of current space computers.

NASA’s space computing may be in dire need of an upgrade, as current systems “were developed nearly 30 years ago,” according to Wesley Powell, NASA’s chief technologist for advanced avionics, and “future NASA missions will require significantly more onboard computing power and reliability.”