May 20, 2008

NASA Selects Mtron Solid State Drive As Main Data Storage Solution

Mtron Storage Technology, a manufacturer of solid state drive products, has announced that their SSD will be used as the main 1Tb data storage for Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna, a project funded by NASA to research on high-energy cosmic ray from the South Pole, during the second experiment in December 2008.

Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) is a radio telescope attached to NASA's stratospheric balloon to detect radio 'cherenkov', a frequency created by collision between neutrinos from space and the ice in Antarctica, in order to discover the creation of high-energy cosmic ray.

Mtron's 1Tb SSD used for ANITA is the combination of eight Mtron 3.5 inch SATA SSDs, which provides SSD storage space among NASA's stratospheric balloons. ANITA will be flying 35km above Antarctica for a month, and Mtron's SSD will also provide the essential stability and protection to store the data against the extreme environment in the high altitude during the flight.