Around a decade ago, Kevin Glunt was more interested in drawing cars than paying attention in class, with his parents threatening that he would repeat a grade of school if he didn’t stop. Now aged 24, he’s in awe as SpaceX has launched his team’s creation into orbit: A radiation-tolerant supercomputer that will
be used in experiments on sensing, image processing, and machine learning, aboard the International Space Station.
“All of our names are on the board, like etched on it,” Glunt told Inverse this week, prior to the launch. “It’s like, your name will be in space. And it’s really, really weird to think about that.”
It’s not just a name in space: the computer, made by Glunt and his fellow researchers and students from the University of Pittsburgh, could
pave the way for a faster future in space. More powerful systems at lower cost, and with more efficient power usage, represent another step toward more reliable research in orbit.
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Author: Mike Brown, inverse.com, 5/4/2019
Contact: Paul Kovach