EXB was recently featured on KSTP in Minnesota. The focus of the KSTP piece is the successful Orion launch which EXB developed the computer code for.
Inside a small, barely-marked suite in Minnetonka lies EXB Solutions. It’s a software engineering company that developed one of the most important factors in the success of Orion’s flawless flight: the computer code used to launch and control the spacecraft.
“Maybe it’s as simple as turning a light on and turning that light green. We make sure that the code that’s in the software does exactly that,” explained EXB Solutions CEO Chris Schwartzbauer. “It doesn’t turn it the wrong shade of green or red when it should be green or something like that.”
Of course, launching a spacecraft is much more complex than flipping on a light.
That’s why pulling off a perfect launch and test flight takes a performance that’s truly out-of-this-world.
“Solutions that require mission safety critical software so bad things don’t happen. That’s the kind of stuff we work on,” said Schwartzbauer.
Software is something you can’t see but the correct working code could be considered the most critical part of the mission.
“You don’t always get to see the fruits of your labor,” said Schwartzbauer. “This was a great opportunity to see some of the work we did in action.”
Proving, much like space, innovation is infinite.
EXB Solutions is now working with NASA to help develop the upgrades Orion needs in order to be ready for astronauts.
The company is made up of less than 100 employees. Many of them were recruited straight out of Minnesota colleges like Bemidji State University.