BAE Computers Study Solar Effects

March 31, 2010
A trio of space computers from BAE Systems has taken flight aboard a NASA satellite to study the sun's influence on Earth and the space around Earth. The firm's RAD750 and RAD6000 computers are being used to process data for NASA's Solar Dynamics ...

A trio of space computers from BAE Systems has taken flight aboard a NASA satellite to study the sun's influence on Earth and the space around Earth. The firm's RAD750 and RAD6000 computers are being used to process data for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in the high-radiation solar environment. Two RAD6000 computers will process data while a RAD750 will run the software that keeps the spacecraft in orbit.

Vic Scuderi, Manager of Satellite Electronics for BAE Systems, notes "This is a unique mission that requires a high tolerance to the extreme conditions encountered near the sun. Our space computers were chosen because they have the flight heritage that shows they thrive in such conditions. The images provided by the SDO will have 10 times better resolution than high-definition television." This is the first mission to be launched for NASA's "Living With a Star" program. SDO will study solar activity and how it influences space weather. The program will perform measurements on the interior of the sun, the sun's magnetic field, the hot plasma of the solar corona, and the irradiance that creates the ionospheres of the planets to help scientists predict solar variations.

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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