Cosmic Shielding Corporation Provides Advanced Shielding for Nvidia AI Hardware on Upcoming SpaceX Launch

  • The launch marks the first time the Nvidia Jetson Orin NX compute module goes into space
  • Cosmic Shielding was tapped for this project due to its unique ability to deliver on-orbit shielding for this type of equipment
  • Making AI-enabled chips viable in space paves the way for data centers in space and major cost savings for satellite operators

​Cosmic Shielding Corporation (CSC), providers of the world’s leading space radiation shielding technologies, will be utilized to develop an AI-capable space computer that uses the Nvidia Jetson Orin NX GPU. This will mark the first time a GPU from the latest Nvidia Orin ecosystem has been sent to space and will be part of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. A successful orbital demonstration of AI-capable Nvidia hardware in orbit will not only be a validation of CSC’s shielding capabilities but also a launching pad for a host of new innovative technologies with far-reaching implications for both space and terrestrial uses.

Mission Overview

As Star Trek has told us, ‘Space is the final frontier.’ For decades that frontier has been limited by the power of harmful cosmic & solar radiation. Traditional radiation protection methods are inadequate for the complexities of leading computer hardware. The primary objective of this mission is to conduct a successful flight demonstration of AI-capable Nvidia hardware in orbit. Thanks to the innovative shielding provided by CSC, this satellite is poised to be the first to perform simultaneous inference and training in orbit using Nvidia technology. The success of this mission is expected to dramatically enhance compute power for the space industry, enabling real-time image processing and autonomy for on-orbit servicing and manufacturing.

Cosmic Shielding Corporation’s Role

CSC has meticulously designed and provided the critical shielding necessary for the mission. Utilizing data from particle accelerator facility tests as well as two previous in-space missions, CSC ensured that the shielding meets stringent mission requirements, protecting the sophisticated Nvidia hardware from harmful space radiation. This protection is essential for the reliable operation of AI systems in the harsh conditions of space.

Partnership and Collaboration

CSC’s involvement in this mission began in March of this year, showcasing a remarkably short turnaround time from concept to design to launch. CSC has been working on this project with Aethero, a designer and manufacturer of space-rated computers, and the synergy between Aethero’s NxN edge computing module and CSC’s mission-critical shielding epitomizes the innovative spirit driving the mission’s success.

“Cosmic Shielding is the only company we’ve seen to offer shielding that makes it possible for advanced state-of-the-art processors to operate in deep space for long-term missions,” said Edward Ge, CEO and co-founder of Aethero. “Enabling spacecraft to perform computationally heavy tasks will be a major bottleneck if we ever want to be a multi-planetary species, and Yanni and his team play a critical role in making that happen.”

Significance and Impact

Projecting forward, a successful completion of this mission is the first step towards developing computing networks and autonomy in space. This could allow for space-based AI more familiar to science fiction—think the computer aboard the Star Trek Enterprise. This mission is groundbreaking for several reasons:

  • Technological Advancements: Introducing one of the fastest computers to operate in space (and the first to use a 1024-core GPU), this mission sets a new standard for space-based AI systems.
  • Industry Implications: The successful demonstration of this technology will enable the development of data centers in space, advanced docking, and maneuvering capabilities through machine vision, as well as significant cost savings for satellite operators. By processing images in orbit, satellites can avoid sending vast amounts of raw data to Earth, improving efficiency and reducing operational costs. This technology will also provide the US with significant improvements to in-space defense capabilities through better situational awareness and even enabling satellites that can autonomously intercept other satellites with advanced machine-vision & maneuvering capabilities.
  • Market Growth: The mission’s success is projected to drive the growth of the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) space market to $4.12 billion by 2030, up from approximately $1.9 billion today.

“Space’s potential as the next great center of innovation has always been limited due to the harsh environment and the toll it takes on equipment,” said Yanni Barghouty, CEO and Co-Founder of Cosmic Shielding. “Our industry-leading shielding solutions will allow companies such as Aethero and Nvidia to spearhead new technology that will have a massive effect in orbit and here on Earth.”

Looking Ahead

The successful completion of this mission will benefit satellite operators and manufacturers and provide broader and more affordable access to space-derived data for companies on Earth. Advances in shielding technology and AI computing in space stand to transform the space industry, ushering in a new era of innovation and exploration.

For more information about Cosmic Shielding Corporation and its contributions to this pioneering mission, please contact: [email protected]

About Cosmic Shielding Corporation

Cosmic Shielding Corporation is a leading provider of advanced shielding solutions for space applications. Focusing on innovation and reliability, CSC delivers cutting-edge technologies that protect critical systems from the harsh conditions of space, enabling the next generation of space exploration and commercialization.

About Aethero

Aethero builds high-performance computers for spacecraft ranging from CubeSats to space stations. Their products can be deployed individually, in cross-strapped redundant configurations, or chained as part of a larger distributed cluster. This lets satellite operators compress their bandwidth needs and automate tasks like docking, positioning, or swarm navigation by deploying and training AI applications like computer vision in orbit.

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