BAE-Made Computers Support NASA’s InSight Mission

Single board computers that BAE Systems manufactured made it possible for NASA's most recent Martian spacecraft to land on the red planet.

\n\n

BAE recently revealed that the U.S. space agency had equipped the InSight robotic lander with radiation-hardened RAD750 SBCs, electronic components that provide onboard computing power necessary for different kinds of space missions.

\n\n

Jim LaRosa, the company's director for Space Processor and Products, said that, in the case of InSight, the RAD750s "commanded a series of critical maneuvers" as the lander descended onto the Martian surface.

\n\n

InSight launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in May last year and spent the next six months traveling to the solar system’s fourth planet. The spacecraft touched down on Nov. 26 following a roughly seven-minute descent.

\n\n

InSight is NASA’s first Mars landing since the Curiosity rover in 2012 and the eighth Mars mission featuring BAE electronics.

You may also be interested in...

Jay Lambke President GAI

Government Acquisitions Obtains SBA HUBZone Program Certification; Jay Lambke Quoted

Cincinnati, Ohio-based company Government Acquisitions Inc. has been accredited by the Small Business Administration under a program that seeks to provide economic benefits to government contractors from historically underutilized business zones.

Satellite launch

SpaceX Launches Satellite for Multinational Ocean Observation Effort

SpaceX has sent to space a satellite designed to monitor sea levels across the globe under a U.S.-U.K. partnership. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on a mission to collect sea level data, support ship navigation and inform weather forecasts, NASA said Sunday.

KBR

KBR Gets $65M Navy Contract Modification for Base Support Services

KBR has received a one-year, $64.8M contract modification to carry out base operating support services at various U.S. Navy installations in Djibouti and Kenya.