NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – A SpaceX rocket is ready to deliver one of the most high-tech payloads ever to the International Space Station.
When the Falcon 9 rocket blasts off on Monday, one of the items on board will be a supercomputer built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, dubbed the “Spaceborne Computer.” If it works, it could be the most powerful commercial, off-the-shelf computer ever to operate in space.
Astronauts aboard the space station already have a bunch of devices you’d find at your local electronics store — including HP laptops.
But a supercomputer is something different. It’s a much more powerful piece of hardware that can crunch massive amounts of data and send the results to other computers in just moments.
According to Mark Fernandez, the HPE engineer who is heading up this new experiment, the space-bound supercomputer will have the ability to make one trillion calculations in a single second — about 30 to 100 times more powerful than your average desktop computer.
Julie Robinson, the chief scientist for…