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With the increasing use of remote sensing and earth observation technologies, the large amount of data collected onboard requires high performance and fast processing hardware. Also the flexibility and processing requirements for regenerative processor payloads are of a magnitude larger than those which could be successfully handled by classical processors. Currently available processors for space cannot adapt to changing communication standards and market/application evolution.The high performance data processor project aims to establish competitive and strategic capability for the next generation data processor technology with the ability to process high data volumes in signal processing domain, especially where flexibility and in-orbit programmability or reconfiguration is required. This paper gives an overview of the HPDP project and states how the architecture will be evaluated for space application.