Data storage

Ball and the Seagate team will work on orbital data storage

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., based in Broomfield, and Seagate Technology Holdings plc (Nasdaq: STX), based in Fremont, Calif., with a facility in Longmont, are collaborating to develop data processing systems and storage technology in space.

The Memorandum of Understanding between Ball Aerospace, Seagate Technology and Seagate Federal Inc., doing business as Seagate Government Solutions, was recently signed.

“There is a need for high-density on-orbit storage capabilities to meet new mission requirements – essentially space-ready storage that functions and acts like terrestrial storage,” said Mike Gazarik, vice president of Ball Aerospace for engineering, in a media. Release. “Therefore, we decided to collaborate on a proof-of-concept solution because Ball has the heritage and experience in designing and building space systems, while Seagate has extensive expertise in data storage. “

The plan calls for lab and in-orbit demonstrations to test the concept, which would include technology developed by Seagate to support space memory testing on a Ball-built payload.

“Seagate is excited to collaborate with Ball Aerospace and Seagate Government Solutions to test our storage concept for low Earth orbit satellites,” said Ed Gage, vice president of Seagate Research, in the press release. “We see space as the next frontier for data growth, enabled by high-capacity, low-cost secure storage devices. As a leader in our industry and with over 40 years of expertise, we are uniquely positioned to meet the challenges of space systems that store large amounts of data.

In its more than 40 years of existence, Seagate has delivered more than three billion terabytes of data capacity.

“Space is undergoing a significant shift, made possible by falling launch costs and an increasing number of satellites,” said Mike Moritzkat, general manager of Seagate Government Solutions. “We are convinced that the construction of space infrastructure in low Earth orbit will benefit from highly efficient storage. Our collaboration with Ball Aerospace combines the expertise of industry leaders to meet the growing need for storage in space.

Ball Aerospace designs and builds space hardware for government and commercial customers. He also has over 30 years of experience in data processing, including the development of operating algorithms for satellite systems.

Ball Aerospace, a division of Ball Corp. (NYSE: BLL), based in Broomfield, said last week that it had been selected by the University of Central Florida to provide four imaging instruments for an exploratory lunar survey. Ball is also building the Lunar Compact Infrared Imaging System instrument, which will be used to map the mineral composition, temperature, and other surface and subsurface features of the moon for a mission slated to launch late in the year. ‘next year.

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