What you need to know
- Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are working together to connect a PC on the International Space Station to Azure.
- The move will allow people on the ISS to process data on the station rather than sending it down to Earth.
- The computer is scheduled to go to the ISS on February 20, 2021.
Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) are working together to connect a PC on the International Space Station (ISS) to Azure. HPE is sending a second-generation Spaceborne Computer to the ISS later this month and will connect that PC to Microsoft's Azure (via SpaceNews).
The Spaceborne Computer-2 will connect to Azure through NASA and HPE ground stations.
A news release on the connection states:
Having the computer on the ISS connected to Azure saves time when it comes to data processing. Teams on the ISS won't need to send data down to Earth to have it processed and then sent back up to the ISS.
Mark Fernandez, HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 principal investigator, said:
The HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 is set to go up to the ISS on February 20, 2021.
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