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The Hubble Space Telescope being lifted out of the payload bay of Atlantis before being released back into space.
SpaceCube aboard MISSE-7

SpaceCube is a family of high-performance reconfigurable systems designed[when?] for spaceflight applications requiring on-board processing. The SpaceCube was developed by engineers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.[1] The SpaceCube 1.0 system is based on Xilinx's Virtex-4 commercial FPGAs. The debut mission of the SpaceCube 1.0, Hubble Servicing Mission 4, was the first time Xilinx's Virtex-4 FPGAs flew in space.[2]


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center SpaceCube team earned an honorable mention for the 2009 "IRAD Innovator of the Year" award.[9]

On Board Science Data Processing Achievements[edit]

  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) results:
    • 6 to 1 loss-less data volume reduction on SAR Nadir Altimetry dataset.[10]
    • 165x data volume reduction on SAR mapping dataset.[10]


  1. ^ Office of the Chief Technologist (2006). "NASA Goddard Space Flight Center FY 2006 Internal Research and Development Program" (PDF). NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
  2. ^ "Xilinx December 2008 Newsletter". Xilinx. 2008.
  3. ^ Office of the Chief Technologist (2008). "SpaceCube to Debut in Flight Demonstration: Hybrid Computer to Fly on Hubble Servicing Mission". NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
  4. ^ Flight Results of the HST SM4 Relative Navigation Sensor System
  5. ^ ISS Program Scientist's Office (2009). "Materials International Space Station Experiment - 7 (MISSE-7)". NASA. Archived from the original on 2008-12-10.
  6. ^ Astronauts Install SpaceCube on International Space Station
  7. ^ a b c Office of the Chief Technologist (2009). "Goddard Tech Trends Spring 2009" (PDF). Goddard Space Flight Center.
  8. ^ "Rad-Hard Virtex-5". Defense Update.
  9. ^ "Goddard 2009 IRAD Innovator of the Year award". Goddard Space Flight Center. 2009.
  10. ^ a b "SpaceCube On-Board SAR Data Processing Results". Goddard Space Flight Center. 2010.

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