Configurable and Autonomous Sensor Processing Research (CASPR) is designed to enable effective onboard processing for next-generation sensors and applications. CASPR is a Department of Defense payload on the Space Test Program - Houston 7 (STP-H7) pallet aboard the International Space Station. It was developed, designed, and built by the students and faculty of the NSF Center for Space, High-performance, and Resilient Computing at the University of Pittsburgh. Explore below to learn more about this exciting research testbed.
Proposed the original design of CASPR
Preliminary Design Review
Showcased mission goals and development progress
Critical Design Review
Finished up the design
Field Configuration Audit
Ensured system meets all specifications
Flight Unit Assembly
Prepared the flight unit at our Pitt lab
Early March 2021
Performed thermal and vibration testing
Late March 2021
Delivered CASPR to NASA Johnson Space Center
Updated the software with new apps
Launched aboard SpaceX CRS-24
Installed as part of the STP-H7 pallet on the outside of the Columbus module
Initial Commanding of CASPR
Sent the first commands from our lab at Pitt
The Department-of-Defense’s Space Test Program oversees the STP-H7 pallet which hosts CASPR.
The Naval Research Laboratory provided access to their environmental testing equipment and donated components.
The NASA Goddard branch helped with designing the electronics.
Texas Instruments donated power components used on CASPR.