NASA’s JPL, No. 3 in the InformationWeek Elite 100, has turned to cloud computing to make real-time analytics available to missions.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been putting rockets into the air since World War II, but its involvement with cloud computing goes back only about six years.
JPL is a federally funded research center, run by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for space exploration projects, particularly robotic missions. Despite its mission to “dare mighty things,” JPL must also be cautious in order to protect lives, complicated equipment, and money while managing missions in extreme environments.