Zurich, 17 January 2024 – Klepsydra AI, a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) software solutions, and Frontgrade Gaisler, a world leader in embedded computer systems for harsh environments, have announced an initiative to adapt AI software to run on microprocessors used in space missions. This effort is part of a contract recently awarded to Klepsydra AI by the European Space Agency (ESA) to port Klepsydra AI to Gaisler’s GR740 and NOEL-V processors, enabling high performance and reliable AI applications.
By successfully porting Klepsydra AI software to Frontgrade Gaisler’s space-grade GR740 and GR765 microprocessors, artificial intelligence algorithms can enhance the versatility of these microprocessors, enabling a wide range of AI-driven tasks in space, including remote sensing, Earth observation, data analysis, autonomous decision-making, and anomaly detection. The Klepsydra AI software will also be adapted for use with RTEMS, an open-source, real-time operating system widely used in space applications.
The commercially successful GR740 along with the under-development GR765 high performance microprocessors are radiation-hardened System-on-Chip (SoC) devices designed for space applications. The GR740 includes a quad-core LEON4 SPARC processor, and the octa-core GR765 is designed to operate in two modes: SPARC LEON5 and RISC-V NOEL-V. The Klepsydra/Gaisler initiative aims to successfully port the AI software in all modes used by both microprocessors.
This joint effort by Klepsydra AI, Frontgrade Gaisler, and ESA illustrates a collective commitment to advancing AI technology for space exploration and utilisation. The combination of Klepsydra AI’s expertise in AI software solutions and the proven capabilities of Gaisler’s microprocessors promises to significantly enhance the adoption of AI algorithms in space-related missions.
“We are honoured to have been entrusted this contract by ESA, which underscores the potential of our AI software in the field of space applications,” said Pablo Ghiglino, CEO at Klepsydra. “Our goal is to make space missions more efficient and effective by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence. We are excited to work with ESA and Frontgrade Gaisler in this pioneering project.”
“Our dedication to providing reliable, radiation-hardened microprocessors for space applications aligns perfectly with the goals of this project,” said Sandi Habinc, General Manager at Frontgrade Gaisler. “Integrating Klepsydra AI’s software with our GR740 and GR765 rad-hard microprocessors will introduce new capabilities for space missions and further our commitment to space exploration for the good of humanity.”
About Klepsydra Technologies
Klepsydra Technologies is a leading provider of AI software solutions that empower space missions to harness the full potential of artificial intelligence. With a commitment to innovation and excellence, Klepsydra team of experts develops cutting-edge AI software for various industries, including space exploration, robotics, automotive, and more.
This project is carried out under the General Support Technology Programme (GSTP) of the European Space Agency (ESA).
About Frontgrade Gaisler
Frontgrade Gaisler is a leading provider of radiation-hardened microprocessors and IP cores for critical applications, particularly in the space industry. The company’s processors are known for their reliability, fault tolerance, and radiation tolerance, making them ideal for any space mission or other high-reliability application.
The view expressed in this publication can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency.