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Development and Testing of a Radiation Tolerant Flight Computer with Real-Time Fault Detection, Recovery, and Repair Montana State University, Bozeman/NASA Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate

Dr. Brock LaMeres, Science PI, Associate Professor, Montana State University, Bozeman

Rendering of the CubeSat that will carry Montana State University’s radiation tolerant computer technology demonstration

The overall goal of the project was to design, manufacture, and test a novel reconfigurable flight computer that can deliver increased reliability in the presence of cosmic radiation. The research is in conjunction with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Montana State University’s Space Science and Engineering Laboratory. The primary systemic change created by the NASA EPSCoR funding is in the ability for Montana State University to conduct competitive research in the areas of: 1) space computer systems; 2) high energy radiation sensing; and 3) radiation tolerant space systems. Prior to



NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

Eric Eberly, NASA Technical Monitor, Marshall Space Flight Center

EPSCoR funding, there was no research being conducted in these areas in the State of Montana. The lasting infrastructure built through EPSCoR funding includes faculty expertise, lab facilities to develop, test, and analyze these systems, design heritage of incrementally maturing computer technology that motivates future research, and a comprehensive publication set that is used to train future faculty and students. The resulting computer technology has been licensed for commercial use in small-satellite systems.

EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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