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SpaceCubeTM 2.0 - Introduction

Next generation instruments are capable of producing data at rates of 108 to 1011 bits per second, and both their instrument designs and mission operations concepts are severely constrained by data rate/volume. SpaceCubeTM is an enabling technology for these next generation missions.
SpaceCubeTM has demonstrated enablingcapabilities in Earth Science, Planetary, Satellite Servicing, Astrophysics and Heliophysics prototype applications such as on-board product generation, “intelligent” data volume reduction, autonomous docking/landing, direct broadcast products, and data driven processing with the ability to autonomously detect and react to events. SpaceCubeTM systems are currently being developed and proposed for platforms from small CubeSats to larger scale experiments on the ISS and standalone free-flyer missions, and are an ideal fit for cost constrained “next generation” applications due to the tremendous flexibility (both functional and interface compatibility) provided by the SpaceCubeTM system.

SpaceCube 2.0 Processor Card

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SpaceCube Awards and Accolades:

  • 2015 Rotary National Award for Space Achievement, Stellar Award
  • 2015 NASA Silver Achievement Medal
  • 2014 Mentor Graphics Technology Leadership Award
  • 2012 American Astronautical Society, William Randolph Lovelace II Award
  • 2013 NASA GSFC Innovator of the Year
  • 2011 NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal
  • Patents:1 issued, 9 pending