BAE Systems space computer flies on NASA WISE satellite

MANASSAS, Va., 21 Dec. 2009. A BAE Systems space computer has taken flight on a NASA satellite that is creating an infrared map of the universe. The BAE Systems RAD750 computer processes data and performs other critical functions aboard NASA's WISE (Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer) satellite, built by Ball Aerospace.

MANASSAS, Va., 21 Dec. 2009. A BAE Systems space computer has taken flight on a NASA satellite that is creating an infrared map of the universe. The BAE Systems RAD750 computer processes data and performs other critical functions aboard NASA's WISE (Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer) satellite, built by Ball Aerospace.

The radiation-hardened computer processes large volumes of scientific data, manages the satellite's directional orientation, and runs the software that keeps the spacecraft in orbit.

"The RAD750 computer will play a critical role in sending massive amounts of infrared data back to Earth," says Vic Scuderi, manager of satellite electronics at BAE Systems' specialty microelectronics foundry in Manassas, Virginia. "We share the scientific community's excitement over the WISE mission and its endless potential for scientific discovery."

WISE will produce a complete infrared map of the universe to enable scientists to see space objects that are not visible with most telescopes, such as asteroids and ultra-luminous galaxies. The 10-month mission will provide a map to guide future telescope missions such as NASA's James Webb Telescope, set to launch in 2014.

The RAD750, was developed through a partnership among BAE Systems, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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