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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]


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