SpaceX uses a variety of computer chips in its spacecraft, including the RAD750, a radiation-hardened version of the PowerPC 750.
The RAD750 is designed to withstand the harsh environment of space, including radiation, extreme temperatures, and other extreme conditions.
Additionally, SpaceX uses a variety of other chips, such as the PowerPC 750, the PowerPC 755, and the PowerPC 860. These chips are designed to provide the spacecraft with the necessary computing power to complete its mission.
SpaceX CRS-7 Dragon Solar Cell Array Paperweight (2017)
This paperweight given to SpaceX employees features an actual piece of the SpaceX Dragon Solar Cell array structure from their CRS-7 mission, embedded in Lucite.
Note card included with paperweights reads:
2017 has proved to be a pivotal year for SpaceX. As we celebrate our first re-flight and more to come, it’s important to remember the lessons learned from past hardships.
While the CRS-7 and Amos-6 mishaps are behind us, we continue to feel their impact. As we all know, a million things can go right but it only takes one misstep to result in a mission failure.
This portion of Dragon’s solar array structure from the failed CRS-7 mission serves as a reminder that launching safely and reliably is everyone’s duty. Always triple check your work, check the work of others, and together we will continue to make history.