FeatherBox is a compact Data Processing Unit for artificial intelligence applications on-orbit. It's small size (0.5U) makes it compatible with most satellite platforms. Rather than sending large sets of raw data down to ground stations, FeatherBox can process sensor data from multiple sources and only send down the relevant information. Processing data on orbit reduces downlink costs and improves response times to observable events.
Integrated into FeatherBox is a machine learning system capable of performing 4 trillion operations per second (4 TOPS). If more processing is required, the system can scale by pipelining models across multiple processors. Precision thermal management is handled within the enclosure, meaning there is little to no need for additional external thermal control systems.
Combined with FeatherWare, it provides a complete artificial intelligence payload for on-orbit image processing, enabling autonomous decision making in space.
Unlock the potential of AI in Space
Combining Cutting-Edge Technology with Reliability
FeatherBox comprises a commercial off the shelf computing module integrated with Exo-Space's rad-tolerant motherboard. The device is a fully-integrated Linux system, designed to accelerate machine learning algorithms. FeatherBox leverages the fastest, most power efficient computer products on the market while also maintaining the reliability needed for space applications.
Protection against the harsh environment of space
Structural shielding to minimize total ionizing dose and single event effects
Multiple software and hardware redundancies and mitigations
Voltage and current monitoring with automatic power cycle capabilities
Autonomous Rendezvous Proximity Operations and Docking
Satellite Inspection and Servicing
Earth Observation Image Processing
Data Compression and Encryption
15 pin D-Sub Micro-D connector
Data rates up to 5 Mbps
Data rates up to 1000 Mbps
Additional interfaces/protocols upon request: SpaceWire, QPSK, etc
96 mm x 96 mm x 50 mm
9 W (typ), 22 W peak (tens of microseconds)
-25 °C to +85 °C
-40 °C to +85 °C
Coprocessor: 4 TOPS
4GB LPDDR4 with ECC
32GB SLC NAND Flash (EDAC)
Up to 512 GB SSD SLC Flash (EDAC)
AI/ML Model Type
Compact and Powerful
Powerful machine vision processor and AI accelerator inside a compact 0.5U enclosure.
Custom structural shielding, and error detection and correction codes (EDAC) to protect against the effects of space radiation.
Single communication and power line connector for easy plug-and-play integration.
Plug and Play