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BrainChip Boosts Space Heritage with Launch of Akida into Low Earth Orbit
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BrainChip Boosts Space Heritage with Launch of Akida into Low Earth Orbit
by Clarence Oxford
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 05, 2024

BrainChip Holdings Ltd (ASX: BRN, OTCQX: BRCHF, ADR: BCHPY), a leader in neuromorphic AI technology, has successfully launched its Akida AI system into low earth orbit on the Optimus-1 spacecraft. This event, facilitated by the Space Machines Company, marks a significant advancement in the use of AI for space technology applications.

The Akida technology is integrated into the ANT61 Brain computer, which operates as the main control unit for robots designed for the repair and maintenance of space vehicles. The space environment imposes unique challenges, including extreme energy, power, and thermal constraints. Akida's event-based, neuromorphic architecture addresses these issues by providing high performance with minimal power consumption.

One of the key features of Akida is its on-chip learning capability, which allows the ANT61 Brain to adapt to the changing conditions in space. This feature is crucial for the autonomy of space operations, where environmental variables are in constant flux.

Mikhail Asavkin, CEO of ANT61, highlighted the partnership with BrainChip in developing autonomous robots for space infrastructure maintenance. The goal is to operationalize the world's first neuromorphic space-grade computer within two months following the launch.

Mark Ramsey, COO of Space Machines Company, emphasized the necessity of innovative technologies like Akida for efficient processing and adaptation in space's challenging conditions. These technologies are integral to the company's vision of providing orbital assistance services.

Following the successful launch, the ANT61 Brain will initiate operations, focusing on enhancing its vision system through direct video feed training from satellite cameras. This system employs BrainChip's AKD1000, the first-generation Akida technology.

Sean Hehir, CEO of BrainChip, acknowledged the collaborative effort and its contribution to space technology. He stressed the importance of the launch in establishing a space heritage for the company's AI technologies. Hehir anticipates future developments, with the second generation of Akida technology promising enhanced support for space operations.

This collaboration between BrainChip, ANT61, and Space Machines Company represents a convergence of AI and space exploration technologies. It illustrates the potential of neuromorphic computing to address the complex demands of space missions and sets the stage for future innovations in autonomous space operations.

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