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Mercury Systems' TRRUST-Stor is a rugged SSD designed to withstand space travel

By Polycount
Jan 24, 2019
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  1. Despite the best efforts of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, humanity probably won't find a home among the stars for quite some time. However, that doesn't mean shorter-term space exploration won't occur; on the contrary, numerous manned expeditions are already being planned.

    And when those trips finally begin, drive maker Mercury Systems will have astronauts' digital storage needs covered with its latest product: the TRRUST-Stor VPX RT, one of the most rugged-looking SSDs we've ever seen.

    Though the name is a bit on the silly side, the device's performance will apparently be anything but. According to Mercury, it will be the first-ever NAND SSD rated for the "harshest possible operating environments," a category that just so happens to include space.

    Mercury says the TRUUST-Stor is radiation-tolerant, and primarily designed for "commercial satellite applications"...

    Mercury says the TRUUST-Stor is radiation-tolerant, and primarily designed for "commercial satellite applications," so it's probably not being marketed towards the average user; unless you plan on taking a trip to Mars in the near future.

    In terms of speeds, buyers can expect to see around 1GB/s of "sustained" read and write performance, which isn't too bad given the device's 480GB storage capacity.

    Because it's still in development, we don't know how much the TRUUST-Stor will cost for now. However, if you absolutely love the concept of a space-grade commercial SSD and have the system to support its RapidIO interface, you can shoot Mercury an email to get put on an early waiting list.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,367   +2,888

    Space program is moving so fast that by the time such a device is needed, it will be completely obsolete.
     
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,153   +3,576

    Not if they get the US Govt to buy it ...... then it will probably live forever, or at least until the next shutdown ....
     

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