Microsoft and HPE are sending an AI computer into space. Spaceborne Computer-2 goes to the International Space Station on Saturday

In 2017, Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) sent the Spaceborne Computer minivan to the International Space Station and soon it was time to submit a new model for this.

HPE’s Spaceborne Computer-2 (SBC-2) will be connected to Microsoft’s Azure cloud service, which the two companies say will give crews on the International Space Station access to the ISS to do analytics and other things with the help of artificial intelligence. In a press release, HPE wrote:

“Spaceborne Computer-2 will provide twice the computing speed with purpose-built advanced computing capabilities supported by the HPE Edgeline Converged Edge system and HPE ProLiant server to accommodate and process data from a range of devices, including satellites and cameras, and process real-time.”

Among the things one would hope SBC-2 would be able to help with, among other things, would be analyzing data from lightning strikes causing wildfires, analyzing ultrasound images to validate the crew and predict the weather on Mars.

Spaceborne Computer-2 is scheduled to take off for the International Space Station now on Saturday February 20 aboard the Northrop Grumman cargo ship Cygnus. It will be assisted in space by an Antares missile launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.

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