Seagate and Ball Aerospace will develop storage devices for space

Seagate and Ball Aerospace will develop storage devices for space

It is reported that Ball Aerospace and Seagate Technology Holdings are jointly developing and testing commercial data processing and storage devices of large capacity for use in space missions. Maintaining large amounts of data on board spacecraft will allow better control of communication channels and, in general, enhance the computing capabilities of extraterrestrial vehicles.

On the Hubble Space Telescope, the storage capacity is only 2 Gbytes, although Webb is already 68 Gbytes. It would appear that for a $10 billion project, it would not be possible to buy and plant something more decent. But there is simply no large storage capacity for space. Such storage devices should not only withstand significant physical stresses, which the SSD is relatively easy to handle, but they should be resistant to radiation exposure. So for the time being, small storage tanks are being sent on board of spacecraft in memory resistant to radiation, such as FeRAM.

The partnership between Ball Aerospace and Seagate Technology should lead to low-cost and large-scale storage solutions for space applications. At the moment, engineers from both companies are testing and attaching the related equipment to their companies. Seagate's hoarders will be integrated into the Ball Aerospace software and hardware, although they will retain "commercial" interfaces, which are important for expanding the market and maintaining harmonization.

The issue of radiation protection is planned to be solved by means of over-coded, multiple recording of the same information, and tricky read/record recovery algorithms. If the data are not permanently destroyed, they can be recovered, confident in Seagate.

So far, experiments with radiation effects on Segate's storage facilities are being carried out on Earth at the Ball Aerospace laboratories. The first space tests the partners intend to carry out in 2023 on board a satellite in low-Earth orbit, where radiation is basically a mercy.