Intel Powers First Satellite with AI on Board

Engineers work on FSSCat/Phi-sat-1, the first satellite with onboard artificial intelligence thanks to its Intel Movidius Myriad 2 VPU. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Intel PR) — As ubiquitous as artificial intelligence has become in modern life — from boosting our understanding of the cosmos to surfacing entertaining videos on your phone — AI hasn’t yet found its way into orbit.

That is until Sept. 2, when an experimental satellite about the size of a cereal box was ejected from a rocket’s dispenser along with 45 other similarly small satellites. The satellite, named PhiSat-1, is now soaring at over 17,000 mph (27,500 kmh) in sun-synchronous orbit about 329 miles (530 km) overhead.