Lately NASA tested its first “new” Spacecraft. Named after the belt of a hunter (you might also call it ORION). Many are not aware that a flight to space also includes a trip through the Van Allen Belts. Not that only humans and other lifeforms are damaged by this radiation belts, also computers get problems.
NASA succeeded. Kudos.
“Flying without a crew on its first test flight, the spacecraft made two orbits around the Earth on Friday and flew 15 times higher than the orbit of the International Space Station. Despite traveling twice through the high radiation field of the Van Allen belts, Orion’s three computers functioned perfectly. No crashes. No resets. No hiccups.”
“As far as we can tell, the [computers] had no problems during the flight,” said Lemke. “People are starting to look at all of that data in detail…. Now, we can see if there were any memory errors or any errors during Ethernet transmissions because of radiation. We’re now looking at the next level of detail with the stored data. We’ll look for any errors on any of those lines.”