Exploring the Unexplored Possibility: Edge Servers in Space Missions

By khan Aug 23, 2023 #edge servers
Exploring the Unexplored Possibility: Edge Servers in Space MissionsExploring the Unexplored Possibility: Edge Servers in Space Missions

Space explorers are always on a quest to explore new insights related to our solar system, planet, galaxies and more. As they travel farther out from this periphery, there is a lot to unlock discoveries and opportunities beyond imagination. But this comes with its set of challenges. One of the major issues is the loss of signal and latency. Sending information to Earth takes too much time (approximately three days). Thankfully we have innovative solutions such as cloud and edge computing that are beyond Earthbound communications and support our exploration and help sustain these space missions. These together helps provide real-time data processing, helping carry out necessary operations and survival.  

For Astronaut’s Health Checkup:

While being onboard the spacecraft, astronauts are exposed to various radiation that is often harmful, leading to long-term health effects. In such cases, speeding up the medical checkup and diagnosis is essential (normally, it takes days, weeks or months). Supercomputers with edge servers help astronauts to process everything, sequence their DNA within just a few minutes and send them to the Earth. Based on this information, analysis can be done to know whether something major is there that may require astronauts to return to Earth for immediate medical care.  


For Providing Support During Spacewalks:

While being in space, astronauts use space suits to equip themselves with essential life support when on EVA or spacewalks (extravehicular activity). For this, they must test their space suits for any wear and tear that can pose a safety concern. If there’s any, astronauts can click a picture of it and send it to Earth for analysis. With edge computing and AI image recognition, the task can be done within seconds (otherwise, it would take five days).

Also, there are specially developed spacesuits with advanced capacities that provide necessary life support while offering features like HD video cameras and informatics capabilities to help connect astronauts and Earth.  


Herein, edge computing can process data from the astronaut to improve communication and monitor spacewalk activity while reducing considerable time for data to pass between space and Earth for critical operations.  


Make Weather Predictions for Earth:

Various satellites have been launched from Earth that constantly monitor the science and climate while indicating any potential disasters. Many supercomputers are employed to test deep learning to interpret remotely sensed images automatically. These images can unlock vital information, such as the extent of flooding from hurricanes or rains, and determine damage from an earthquake or landslide. Also, space crafts can use satellite and supercomputer technology to deliver appropriate products quickly and aid in disaster recovery.  


Manufacturing or Agriculture in Space:

Edge servers can help establish life in space in an alternative way. Data can help improve farming practice in zero gravity, a process that is still under study. Still, its success would mean healthy meals for astronauts and few supplies that otherwise cost a fortune for each trip.  


Did you know every new supply to astronauts on the International Space Station costs about $10K per pound to get off the ground and resupply from Earth? Instead, sourcing locally would be a more economical and efficient approach. 


It will help astronauts overcome food challenges with the help of artificial oxygen, temperature and lighting by offering plant data. Astronauts can enjoy fresh produce while agriculture systems provide natural air and water filtration for the spacecraft.  


Moreover, astronauts can print new 3D parts for repair and maintenance purposes and keep their astronomical operations running, especially when they are far away from Earth and may not receive supplies for months.  


Designing of Efficient Spaceships: Edge computing on space and its data can help us uncover a lot of discoveries about water purification, combustion and other engineering facets. Having all this data collected regularly can help us to find the secret to building safe, cheaper and more efficient spaceships. In short, the more data we have within our reach, the more we can tap into the unexplored opportunity within space.  


Both cloud and edge computing offer easy access to data to uncover information and helps us continue our space exploration more efficiently by providing faster communication opportunities. While edge computing brings data storage and computation closer to its source of generation (even if it’s in space), helping you save time and money, cloud computing uses a network of remote online sensors to store, manage and protect data, offering on computer system resources without the requiring any management from the user end.   

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