In November 2018, an ESA-led team came to CERN to test many space components with one of the most energetic radiation beams available on earth: the lead-ion beam delivered by CERN’s Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) accelerator. Ultra-high energy (UHE) heavy ion beams can be very useful to simulate high-energy Galactic cosmic rays and perform qualification tests in air and without opening the equipment being tested.

One of the tests involved Intel’s new Myriad 2 artificial intelligence (AI) chip, considered to perform in-orbit image processing on future space missions, reducing the amount of data that needs to be sent back to earth.

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