• Voyager, NASA's longest-lived mission, logs 45 years in space

    1 month ago - By Phys.org

    NASA's twin Voyager probes have become, in some ways, time capsules of their era: They each carry an eight-track tape player for recording data, they have about 3 million times less memory than modern cellphones, and they transmit data about 38,000 times slower than a 5G internet connection.
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  • NASA Spends $50 Million to Develop Next-Gen Processor for Space Exploration

    NASA Spends $50 Million to Develop Next-Gen Processor for Space Exploration

    1 month ago - By ExtremeTech

    NASA has been using the same spaceflight computers for almost 30 years, but it won't be much longer. The agency has awarded a $50 million contract to Arizona-based Microchip Technology Inc. to “architect, design, and deliver” a next-generation space-optimized processor. NASA expects the new chip, which will be used in future lunar and planetary missions, will be 100 times faster than the chips currently in use. In an interview we conducted with Perseverance rover engineer Adam Steltzner , he told us the chip powering the robot was no faster than the CPU in a late 90s Mac computer - the...
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